What is Snowbee Line Slick?
Snowbee Line Slick is a special liquid material that you can use to restore the smooth, slick feeling you get from a new fly line. Once applied to your fly line, your casting will require less effort and your line will zip through the rings. You could easily add a few extra metres to your cast and it could help to extend the lifetime of your line before it needs replacement.
Why use a product like Line Slick?
You'd be surprised at how much dirt can build up on the surface of your line and this makes a real difference to how easy it is to cast, and especially to how well it will shoot.
Really dirty lines can also accelerate the wear on your rod rings, so you should try to clean your fly line regularly to keep your rod in good shape and make casting easier. A product like Line Slick is the finishing touch and makes a well-cleaned line feel like new again.
How do I apply Line Slick?
Before you apply Line Slick you need to give your fly line a thorough clean. Fill a washing up bowl with warm water and strip the fly line off your reel into the bowl. Get a clean J cloth and a bar of hand soap and rub it onto the cloth, then pull the line through the cloth a few times to clean it off.
Once you've given the line a few pulls through your soapy cloth, dry the line by pulling it through a paper towel or tea towel, then apply some of the Line Slick to another cloth or towel and pull the line through it a couple of times. Lay your line down on some carpet or newspaper to dry off, wait a few minutes and then carefully wind it back onto your fly reel.
How well does it work?
Like other similar lubricants, such as Airflo's Whizz Lube, this adds a fairly long-lasting coating to fly lines and they do feel very slick after application. Far less effort is needed to cast as friction is reduced and you'll almost certainly be able to cast further than before.
It's really effective stuff. I am guessing it's based on a similar formula to Whizz Lube as it performs similarly. Whizz Lube comes in an open-ended tube with a foam applicator in the top, which is supposed to make it easier to apply. However, it can be a bit wasteful and the tube leaks and the contents can stain fabric, so I prefer the sealed bottle that comes with Snowbee Line Slick.
Can I use Snowbee Line Slick on intermediate and sinking fly lines?
No, Snowbee Line Slick (like Airflo Whizz Lube) is a silicone-based fly line lubricant and applying it to an intermediate or sinking line may stop them from sinking properly. I'd be inclined to clean these lines only with soap and a cloth and not with a line treatment like this.
How much does it cost?
Snowbee Line Slick comes with Snowbee fly lines and costs £4.99 a bottle. When applied at home with care, a bottle actually lasts quite a while, so it's good value for a fiver and will make a real difference to your casting. Give it a try!