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    Hello All:

    Okay, newbie question here, but how often (or never) does one apply line lubrication? Also, do you recommand a certain company? Furthermore, what are your thoughts/ideas on such products as Glide Line Dressing? Or Agent X line dressing? I'm just not sure what, if any products I should buy for my reels and line/tippets. Thanks in advance, Double D.

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    I do it pretty often. It makes a serious difference.

    I run the line through a wet paper towel till I stop getting crud off of it. I have had days where after one trip it took a lot of passes to get it all off. Then I apply a line dressing up the line, then back down. Let it dry in my stripping basket and then rell it back on.

    Most of the time I use STP Son of a Gun. It works great. Scientific Anglers makes a good one and usually comes with a mildly abrasive pad. I used it most of the time before I discovered Son of a Gun (El Slicko). I got a bottle of Glide line dressing. It's probably the slickest and longest lasting of the three. For best results though, you need to wait for it to dry a while (several hours is best) and then buff it. While it may be the best of the three, it is also the least convenient.

    On a side note, don't use other automotive products like Armor All, because they can wreck the outer coating and destroy your line. I have lines I have used nothing but STP on for years and are good as new.

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    Still using Mucilin paste from the red can here = old school and I use a dab of marine grease (same stuff I grease the impeller on the boat motor with) on the arbor and cogs of any reels that need lube. I have a couple reels that I use good old 3 in 1 oil on also.

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    I use this stuff. The last time I bought some, I got it at W*lmart.

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    +1 for Mucilin. it works better for me than Glide, or Rio X. maybe next time i'll try Dan's S.O.G.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rubberguy View Post
    maybe next time i'll try Dan's S.O.G.
    I like it and it's cheap. You get a many year supply for a few dollars. It's fast and it's easy.

    I have a small bottle of it and a couple paper towels in my bag for my two handers. I can do it while I'm on the river. I generally wait till I am at home but I can.

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    I've used Mucilin,Glide& a couple of others,however I find The best way is to clean The Line First,if possible.
    Use two Buckets of Warm Water,one with a little Washing up Liquid.
    Soak ithe Line in The Soap Solution then transfer it through a Dry Lint Cloth into Warm Clean Water,then back through another Piece of Dry Cloth to Dry The Line,onto an Old Towel.
    Then you can treat your line as it's nice & Clean.
    It's very suprising how much junk comes off Lines,then they definately Shoot better.
    Thanks Rip I will have to Try The Brand you use as well.
    Brian.

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    be very careful of the new lines as you can take the Finnish and lube off, follow the manufacturers recommendation on the new lines. seen it done where a guy cleaned a line with mild soap and used a automotive type spray on it and ruined it.
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    Wow! Lots of great information and ideas, this is what I was looking for, thanks again.

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    I don't know if it's okay but I use the stuff in the link below for my float line.


    Kevin VanDam's Line & Lure Conditioner - More Info


    I have a ton of it and use it on my conventional and spinning gear setups.

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