The North American Fly Fishing Forum

The North American Fly Fishing Forum (
-   Fly Fishing How To's (
-   -   Fly Line conditioner ? (

fly_guy12955 03-09-2013 07:52 PM

Fly Line conditioner ?
After you fisher'persons clean your line,,,or do you use a conditioner on the line ?


Guest1 03-09-2013 08:19 PM

Re: Fly Line conditioner ?
Most definetly. I have several I use. Most of the time I use STP Son of a Gun. Wipe the line clean with a wet paper towel till I stop getting crud off then shoot a little STP on a paper towel and run the line through a couple times getting it coated well. Fast easy works well.

I do the same thing with Glide line slick but you need to let it dry and buff the line. Lasts longer but takes longer to do.

SA line pad and slick system. I like it for SA lines because it's designed for thier coating. I use STP on SA lines pretty often also.

Deja vu.....:confused:

randyflycaster 03-10-2013 08:31 AM

Re: Fly Line conditioner ?
I just bought Rio Agent X, but I haven't used it yet. I like the Rio cleaning pads.


rubberguy 03-10-2013 12:22 PM

Re: Fly Line conditioner ?
I've been using "Mr. Clean Magic Eraser" dampened. Pulling my Rio Powerflex thru it a couple of times til it leaves no marks on pad. Then I run the line thru Mucilin a few times to coat it up. (haven't been able to find any Son Of A Gun yet. :(

Guest1 03-10-2013 01:36 PM

Re: Fly Line conditioner ?

Originally Posted by rubberguy (Post 535280)
haven't been able to find any Son Of A Gun yet. :(

Auto parts store next to stuff like Armorall, which I will tell you right now don't use. It has a bad reaction to some fly lines and will ruin them. STP is safe, Armorall is not.

Meatco1 03-10-2013 01:38 PM

Re: Fly Line conditioner ?
If the STP is a petroleum product, I would be leary of using it. If not, I might give it a try myself.



Guest1 03-10-2013 01:42 PM

Re: Fly Line conditioner ?
It isn't. It's pretty well known as a line slick in the spey guys world. They call it El Slicko. I have used it exclusively on some lines for years and had zero problems.

I should also add that it is a UV protectant as well. An aspect I like.

Meatco1 03-10-2013 01:46 PM

Re: Fly Line conditioner ?
Hey Diver Dan:

Good to know.

I'll buy a bottle of it today, and give it a try. Worst that can happen is, if I don't care for it, I can use it on the Jeep!!



itchmesir 03-10-2013 04:51 PM

Re: Fly Line conditioner ?
ZipCast... stuff is amazing... teamed up with an umpqua line dressing box and it's tough to beat combo

Jackster 03-10-2013 10:10 PM

Re: Fly Line conditioner ?
If you have a premium line from the well known manufacturers you may not need lube juice at all like automotive stuff, kitchen products or even, gasp, line treatments made for fly lines by fly line manufacturers. ;)
The slick coating of a good many modern lines goes all the way to the core. SA (3M) and Rio make line treating pads that remove a microscopic layer of coating and bring a fresh new finish to the surface. Being a dry surface it won't attract gunk and amplify the problem of getting your line dirty.
For real skanky lines mild bar soap (not detergent) then the pads mentioned above. For extremely funky lines all the above using the bar soap on a Magic Eraser and then your line treatment of choice.
For quick, on the water treatment the SA dressing works great. For a more durable and less wet yet VERY slick treatment it's hard to beat Rio Agent X or Glide. It does indeed take a bit more effort and time to do it right but it really works and lasts quite a while. What's that they say... "Good things take time?"
I have Zip Cast too but am less than impressed with it. It seems to come off as easily as it goes on and it cleans about the same as plain water in my tests. For all I know it could be just diluted Armorall rebottled. They are both water soluable from what I've witnessed.

I refuse to use anything on my fly lines that isn't made specifically for fly line material and the environment they're used in. I've yet to have a fly line develop surface cracks but have seen quite a few lines full of cracks on other folks reels.
If the cost of a real line dressing is an issue, you're probably in the wrong sport! :shades: :icon_wink

The 'search' feature on this site will lead you to a whole lot more posts on this subject.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:27 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.9
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimisation provided by DragonByte SEO v2.0.40 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
2005-2017 The North American Fly Fishing Forum. All rights reserved.