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Cleaning... don't wait until Spring

Here's a reminder. For most of us, the season is over except for those rare warm days where we just can't resist getting out on the water. So, this is the perfect time to start cleaning your gear for next season.

It's always obnoxious to do it, but cleaning fly line is critical for a fast start in the next season. First, take a damp sponge with mild soap and run the line through it a few times. After it dries, apply the line dressing – give it a little bit of time to dry and then either re-spool it on to your reel or, even better, wrap it in elbow sized bites and hang it on a coat hanger to keep it loose. For sharkskin line, do not apply lime dressing. Cleaning is all that is required.

If you leave it on your reel over the winter, one of the first things you should do in the spring is unwind all the line and put gentle tension on it by gripping both ends to stretch the memory out.

This is also a good time to disassemble your reels, give them a scrub and then reassemble with a light coat of oil. By doing this, you are ready to go for one of those warm days or for the start of the next season. 

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