PRO TIPS – May 2023


Saltwater fly fishing, in my opinion, is one of the most exciting experiences for an angler. Presenting a fly made of feathers and fur to a fish and watching it’s natural instinct kick in as it eats is the pinnacle of fly fishing. That is the thrill, experience and adrenaline rush that all fly fishers seek. And what does it all have in common? Casting fly line.

Fly line can be frustrating. It seems to find any and everything to snag. Trolling motors, cleats, casting platform brackets, shoes—whatever it is, fly line will wrap itself around it. These are all things anglers can work on and pay attention to, but one easy and commonly overlooked aspect of fly line is its cleanliness. Clean fly line will always cast smoother and farther as there is less dirt and grime attached which causes friction while casting.

Cleaning fly line is very simple and in this article I want to offer a very easy and cheap solution to cleaning your fly line.

To get the started you will need a bucket/container with warm water, mild dish soap, paper towels or a clean micro fiber rag, and fly line dressing and cleaning pad (an extra step that is worth the expense).

Step 1: Strip the fly line from the reel and soak for 15 minutes in a bucket with warm water and dish soap.

Step 2: Rinse the line in the sink and let soak for 15 minutes in a bucket with just warm water. You can reuse the first bucket, just be sure to rinse the soap out well.

Step 3: Dry and wipe the line by pulling the line through a paper towel or micro fiber towel. Be sure to apply tension while pulling the line to dry and wipe as much extra grime residue off the line.

Step 4: Reel the now clean line back on to the spool. It is during this step that if desired, a fly line dressing and cleaning pad may be used. Dressing and cleaning pads do make a difference but are not required.

Pictured is Jarret, who joined me on a recent inshore fly fishing trip for redfish on fly in the Mosquito Lagoon.

Capt. Jonathan Moss
Go Castaway Fishing Charters
(407) 760-8593

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