What is Lee Wulff Line Dressing?
Lee Wulff Line Dressing from Royal Wulff is a product designed to rejuvenate tired fly lines and bring them back to their former glory. It helps make the surface of the line smoother and slicker again so that friction is reduced, resulting in easier caster and greater distance.
What's special about this fly line dressing?
Most other fly line dressings, such as Snowbee Line Slick, Airflo Whizz Lube and the Mucilin Red or Green line dressings, are based on silicone. That's great for floating fly lines as it makes them smooth, slippery and lower in friction, so casting is effortless. It also aids floating, so they lift off more cleanly resulting in less splashy casts. However, all of these silcone-based fly line dressings are inappropriate for sinking or intermediate lines, as they have the unfortunate side effect of making them float! Royal Wulff Line Dressing is one of the few fly line dressings suitable for all three fly line types.
How do you apply this fly line dressing?
As with most fly line dressings, you're actually supposed to apply this before, not during, your trip. To get the best results, you need to leave it to sit on the fly line before buffing it off, too, so it's a little more time consuming to apply than a smear of Mucilin that can be applied on the bankside.
I'd recommend cleaning your fly line thoroughly before applying this, as you'll be amazed how much dirt will have built up. Fill a washing up bowl or bucket with warm soapy water, strip the line off your reel and leave it to soak for a couple of minutes, then pull the line through a baby wipe under a bit of tension.
Once clean, give it a quick dry by pulling it through a microfibre cloth, then apply a dollop of the line dressing to the cloth and smear it over the surface of the fly line. Hang the line on the back of a chair in large coils and leave it for at least a few hours to dry and harden, before buffing it off with the microfibre cloth. It should now be clean, slick and restored, leaving the line with a harder, smoother finish which is lower in friction as it goes through the guides of your fly rod.
How well does it work?
Given that most people regularly treat their floating lines, but rarely give intermediates or sinking lines the same treatment due to the relative scarcity of suitable line dressings, it's easy to get good results. I used it on a Barrio SLXi intermediate and an Airflo Sixth Sense Di3 - neither of which had ever had more than a clean with a baby wipe before.
Both of them where noticeably slicker and caster more easily and with less friction than before. Floaters - including the Barrio Mallard and Barrio Smallstream - also performed well. Its performance seemed to be on par with the silicone-based line dressings like Snowbee Line Slick and Airflo Whizz Lube to me.
How much is Lee Wulff Line Dressing?
Lee Wulff Line Dressing costs around £7.99 for a 1oz bottle (approximately 28ml). That's slightly more expensive than competing products, but this one is unique in the fact that it works just as well on intermediates and sinkers as does on a floater.