Orvis Fly Fishing
How Do I Make My Fly Line Last Longer?
Fly fishing line is one of the most overlooked pieces of equipment we use. Once we decide on double taper or weight forward, most of us just load our line up on a reel and forget about it. Of course, this isn’t the best thing to do.
Fly lines, like all gear, wear out, and how a line it lasts depends on how often you use it, the water conditions you fish in, and how often you maintain and clean your fly line.
Because your fly line is one of the most important pieces of fly fishing equipment, taking care of it should be a part of every fly angler’s maintenance regimen. If you don’t want to buy a new line every season, be sure to take these steps to maintain optimal working condition.
When to replace your fly line
Making it last
The more you maintain your line, the better it will perform and the longer it will last. For most fishing situations, you should clean your line every five fishing trips. If you fish sandy beaches, salt water or muddy/silty water, every three trips is a good idea.
Whenever you do clean your line, here are the steps to take:
Making it last even longer
If you maintain your fly line, avoid destructive fishing habits, and store the line thoughtfully, you can use a fly line for many seasons. On top of regular cleanings, here are some more things you can do to extend the life of your fly line:
Fly lines can cost a lot of money and ones that break on the water often end your day of fishing. If you take time to keep your line clean and slick, you’ll be surprised how long it will last.
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