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Old 01-19-2014, 12:50 PM
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Anyone have any tips to keep the ice off of your guides. I heard vaseline works. Has anyone tried this? Any other tips would be greatly appreciated.
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I have tried Loons ice off paste with ok results. It doesnt last as long as I would like. The best thing I have found is too dunk your rod tip for a few seconds in the water.

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Chap Stick works, too. Shake the water off your line or carry a small square of terry cloth ( wash cloth ) and dry your line on retrieve once in a while. Part of the ice comes from wet line being retrieved, but some comes from wet line being cast, also.
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Don't use Vaseline. Its a petroleum product and will damage the coating on your flyline. Ive actually heard some guys using Pam cooking spray
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Don't use Vaseline. Its a petroleum product and will damage the coating on your flyline. Ive actually heard some guys using Pam cooking spray
+1 to what Jay said above. And the stuff is a royal pain where you sit to try to clean off your fly line later.
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I found that if you use Loon Ice-Off paste, you will only have to chip ice off your guides every 5 casts rather than every 4th cast without it. I suppose it hinges on how cold it is when your fishing, too.
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I've come to realize keeping ice off your guides is about as fruitless as trying to keep snow off your boots... Take a breather... Carefully pick ice out of guides...
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Ok. I will just deal with it and when it gets bad clean it off. Thanks for the warning on the Vaseline, didn't even think of that.
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Swish the rod underwater every few minutes. its easy to do and knocks some of it off, but it does turn the ice into a form that the line shoots thru better.

But you will still need to break it off, just not as often.
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Swish the rod underwater every few minutes. its easy to do and knocks some of it off, but it does turn the ice into a form that the line shoots thru better.

But you will still need to break it off, just not as often.
That is my experience also. I have tried the paste, but the results didn't seem like it made much difference so I just dip the rod in the water every couple of minutes, which helps some, but you will still have to break some ice out of the guides.

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