Friday, May 18, 2012

Painfully Obvious Tip #6

I've been fishing downstream drifts more frequently lately. I started this habit mostly because some of the good lies on a local stream are now blocked by fallen trees from last fall's floods and fishing down and across is now the only way to get to them.

Last week I was having trouble feeding line into one particularly tough spot. I was using a rod I hadn't used in a while, a seven foot four weight, and I attributed my inability to effectively feed line to the fact that I usually did this sort of thing with a nine foot five weight.

Of course, I then had similar difficulty on a subsequent trip feeding line with the five weight. Which is when lightning struck and I realized that I had fished the same line on both the four weight (uplined for small streams) and the five weight.

Which brings us to Painfully Obvious Tip™ #6:
After you fish a scum filled small pond from the bank and have let your line sit in the muddy swill at your feet, take a moment to clean the line.
A couple of minutes cleaning the line (and the guides) made it shoot a whole lot better. I'm going to clean the rest of my lines tonight just to be sure.


  1. I clean my floating line every time I come back from fishing. Clean, dry, and put new floatant on it. That way, it's always ready for the next time.


    1. The next thing you're going to tell me is that your fly tying desk is neat. :)

      It's one of those things that takes no time at all that no one (except you) ever does. I'm a believer.

  2. How much would you charge to clean 30 lines? I hate it, but have 30 lines on 30 different reels. I think I need to slim down.

    1. I'll have to dig up the number for the Colorado chapter of Fly Lines Anonymous for you.

      "Hi, my name is Howard and I have too many fly lines...."

  3. Life's too short to be clean too often.

    Yes, I know: That is Culvert.