Joined: 17 Sep 2006 Posts: 395 Location: Nr Towcester
Posted: Wed Apr 06, 2016 9:40 am Post subject:
It's a very good idea to regularly check your rings for grooving, not just the tip ring but particularly the stripping ring too. I don't know how old the video is, but judging by the rod and reel he's using, pretty old! Very few commercially available rods have ceramic lined rings but these days, even cheaper rods have 'hardalloy' rings which are very resistant to grooving. In theory grooving should be less of a problem now than in yesteryear.
However, it's not just sinking lines that can cause grooving, dirty floating fly lines not only compromise distance but also wear rings. From time to time, fishing in the rain on muddy banks etc, you can feel the 'grit, grime and effluent' on your line but often there's less visible contaminates too . . . algae and scum build up. Keeping your lines clean is very important and will not only improve casting performance but considerably extend the life of your line (sorry Rich' and Chris!). However, I would take issue with some of the 'advice' proffered in the video.
Firstly, to clean the line, strip it into the sink or a bowl and cover it with luke warm water and add 1 or 2 drops of detergent. Swish it around for a couple of minutes then dry it by pulling it through a soft, clean, lint free duster. Now, and this is where I strongly disagree with the video content, you need to apply something that will restore the 'slickness' of the line.
People use all sorts of stuff, furniture polish, Armorall etc but not all fly line coatings are the same and some of these products can adversely affect some lines . . . and if I've shelled out the 'hard earned' I wouldn't want to take the risk. I would recommend something like Snowbee Line Slick, Cortland XL or Airflo Whizz Lube.
Finally, casting practice. Yes always use a tuft of wool or a fly with the bend snipped off. Always wear a hat and glasses and know what it is you're practising before you start . . . otherwise you'll just end up practising your 'faults'! The guy in the video is not a great model for casting! _________________ https://gameanglinginstructors.co.uk/search.html
I think the 1st line "re-plasticiser" was marketed by Richard Walker & Arnold Neave (a chemist friend of his) back in the 70's, it was called "Permaplas" & was part of a series of prducts that included Permafloat, Permasink etc.
The idea being that with use, sunlight (?) etc, the solvents in a line would gradually "migrate" through the outer dressing coat & also into the core.
These solvents kept the line soft & when they started to vanish, the line got stiffer, so the original idea was to use a solvent based product to replace them.
Like most other items we use, flylines have improved, so the use of these products has diminished. _________________ Hi there, I have around 40 yrs exp. of tying flies, incl. some semi-pro work. I've taught at adult evening classes, written for and supplied photos for most U.K. fly magazines. Given talks/slide shows/lectures/demonstrations etc. Am founder and life pres. of local Fly Dressers Guild (27years), our members have won more prizes for tying than any other similar club, we've also won several national flyfishing comps. I look forward to both learning from and contributing to this highly respected forum.
Joined: 09 Apr 2006 Posts: 4466 Location: Somerset. UK
Posted: Thu Apr 07, 2016 4:31 pm Post subject:
Sound advice there from Lighthouse, which for some reason I only tend to follow when sorting my lines out before the start of the season. I should do it more often.
I still have some line slick left over from some Snowbee floaters a bought a few years ago so I use that. I have used ArmorAll too in the past with similar results but found that it didn't last as long as the real stuff.
Totally Awesome Fishing has only been around since 2011 so the clip won't be that old.
Alan _________________ Member of ...
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Right, based on the above advice I've bitten the bullet and bought some line lube, so if I'm not shooting 40 yards this season someone's going to owe me a fiver!!! _________________ From.a silk purse to a pigs ear
Joined: 11 Dec 2007 Posts: 8745 Location: Near the Edge
Posted: Sat May 07, 2016 10:20 am Post subject:
Right, based on the above advice I've bitten the bullet and bought some line lube, so if I'm not shooting 40 yards this season someone's going to owe me a fiver!!!
There will be an improvement, if not as you expect then it's off to see a casting instructor to help you I guess. _________________ To be able to wing correctly a small dry fly is the height of attainment in trout fly dressing and is the most difficult part of the art... Roger Woolley
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