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What brand is it? How old is it? How much fishing has it been through? Have you ever cleaned it or conditioned it?

Several questions need answering before a definative answer. Many lines can be "salvaged" if not too old and "worn out."... Kind of like old men... (No comments, Mrs Ducky... :lol: )

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I'll have to check the brand (it's at home, I'm pretending to work). It's old--14 years. Been used probably 40 times (probably less, I'm ashamed to say. Never cleaned, other than wiping the gunk off w/ my hands.

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Well, 14 years is old for a fly line, but not using it that much it would be worth a couple of attempts at CPR...

1. Wash the line in warm soapy water. Use a mild soap as some will take more than just the dirt off the surface.

2. Wipe it dry with a soft clean cloth.

3. Apply some line conditioner. Scientific Anglers has a kit that includes the pad to apply the conditioner. You don't want to soak the line, just a thin film of it will do. There are other brands as well. See your local fly shop.

Of course, I've heard the "big secret" is that Armour-All will work... but I've not tried this. Just make sure when you are done, the surface of the line is dry. And if it is a "dry slick" feel, you probably have a good line again.

If cleaning doesn't help, it's time for a new line...

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