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Frog Hair 2

Fly line is one piece of an angler’s gear most often neglected when it comes to maintenance. It still needs periodic cleaning.  Dirty or cracked fly line affects the angler’s ability to cast for distance and accuracy.

The amount of friction between the line and the guides of the rod affects the cast. The slightest crack in the line or dirt on it slows the cast.  New slick line performs better older ones.

Most fly line makers coat them with a PVC plastic coating containing chemicals to keep it from drying out and becoming brittle. Ultra-violet rays and heat speed the aging process of the line.  Do not expose the rod and reel in the vehicle to either of these situations by leaving them in a vehicle.  Take care to avoid getting sunscreen, insect repellent and any other aerosols on the line, as they will also decrease its life.

Dirt form the deck of the boat, outside of the boat or from the shore is the main source of grime on a fly line. Whatever is dissolves in the water as well as algae also sticks to fly line.

It is important to clean you fly line regularly with warm water and mild soap. This is easiest done by spooling if off the reel into a bucket of warm soapy water, then wipe and dry with a clean soft cloth.  Finally you can apply a fine coat of quality fly line dressing with a cloth.

If the line becomes very dirty there are available fly line cleaning pads made with super-fine abrasives of lines that are very dirty. These pads strip off the micro-grime without damaging the line.



Frog Hair 1

If you think about it there really is nothing as fine as frog hair.

At a recent media event at the world famous Rend Lake Resort Dale Black, President of Black Knight Industries, expounded on the advancements his company has developed in the line of leaders and tippets.

This PA company has become a leader in the field of fly fishing line technology.  How?  They use of Nanotechnology manipulation of matter at incredibly small sizes.  For example a piece of paper is about 100,000 nanometers thick.  The technology allows for the development of higher strength structured materials.

This technology is part of a new wave of innovation in science and engineering that is enabling the development of a generation of materials that are stronger, lighter and more durable than ever found before.

The line begins with the molecular structure strong and stiff due to highly aligned long chains of molecules created by extrusion and drawing.  After a Gamma Processing the long chain molecules are broken down and millions of intermolecular bonds cross link creating a structure stronger and more flexible.

The end result is monofilament line with a higher strength to diameter with a built in shock resistance.  The subtle line still maintains a high knot strength that maintains maximum fish fighting capability.  The company is so confident that it’s fishing leaders and tippets are the best performing products available that they have a money back guarantee.

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