- Thu Mar 15, 2012 10:11 am
I'm pretty sure you don't need to treat modern fly lines with Mucilin. It'll work but most (if not all) recent fly lines have materials that are part of the coating designed to assist in floating the line (i.e., RIO's Agent X). You can rinse your line in fresh water with a very small amount of dish soap, then run it through a cloth until it's really clean. There are liquid products (again, RIO Agent X or a similar Scientific Anglers product) that you should be able to find easily at fly shops. You apply to a pad and run your line through to slick it back up and help it float if it's gotten really dirty or been stepped on a bunch in the bottom of your boat. Some guys are more adament about doing this regularly, but I've gotten by doing it once a year or so, maybe more if the line gets really abused. I'm kind of in the Captain Chris camp, but your mileage may vary, particularly depending on how often you're fishing.
I also don't think it's necessary (but certainly not harmful) to clean your backing. I give it a rinse, on the spool, when I'm cleaning my reels. It's so rare that I actually see my backing when fishing the flats up here that I rarely think about it.
Long story short, I wouldn't worry about it too much, and focus on fishing.