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Old 06-13-2017, 08:06 PM   #1
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Intermediate line that's lost it's sink

Now that Spring trout season is likely over I'm going to focus on my gear for the Fall. I use Airflo intermediate line and I love it. No memory and casts like a dream. The recent issue I'm having is that it won't break the surface tension without waiting forever. I've cleaned it, rinsed it to no avail. It's 6WT line.

Has anyone experienced this? It sank fine when it was new. I replaced a clear intermediate Orvis line that sinks but has horrible memory. I'm not sure if the line properties changed or if the pollen on the water increased the surface tension? Maybe I should have gotten heavier line? The old countdown method isn't going to work if I don't know what my sink rate is.

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Old 06-13-2017, 10:53 PM   #2
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Check with Airflo to see if that line had a coating on it. I got a Cortland clear intermediate line that worked great. I cleaned it and had the same problem. I checked with the guy I bought it from (Denny Rickards) and he said it should never be cleaned as it has a finish that helps it break the tension.
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I know these lines can take a few minutes to absorb water. After that they seem to be fine. I agree it's a pain when this happens. Starting a retrieve pulls the line underwater, after which you can start your countdown.
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Old 06-15-2017, 06:21 PM   #4
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Turns out both of you gentlemen were right. I got some Loon Sink Fast line conditioner and wetted the line. I got my sink back and as far as I can tell with a stopwatch it sinks at the proper rate.

As far as which one of you guys was more right... well I'll leave that up to you.

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