how do you wash spectra?

Discussion in 'San Diego Long Range fishing Reports' started by wes cerny, Oct 22, 2012.

  1. castinchris

    castinchris Newbie

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    So how often or when is it time to wash?
     
  2. JohnTFT

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    IMO never. Dont see the point of it. If you cant load the spectra back on the reel with the proper tension that really brings into question washing it.

    I have hollow core on reels for 7 years. If it gets damaged, I just splice in however many yards is necessary.

    As far as the odor. Its in the garage who cares. It goes away eventually.

    I take the spectra off the reel and install it every season. I apply a coat of Boshield T9 on the spool. I am more concerned with spool corrosion than odor or the spectra getting stiff (if it does its very marginal).

    But if you think the performance is somehow improved or the spectra will last longer (it wont its plastic) than wash away!
     
  3. wes cerny

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    Wow, You guys blew me away.
    I thouht I needed some high tech device
    Thank You for the input.
    we all have grden hose holders and reels or least I do.
     
  4. chasingtuna

    chasingtuna Tuna time!

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    Like that garden hose idea.
    Bought some Swifty Line winders on sale at Baja Fish.
    Take 3-4 winders and place in Home Depot 5 gallon bucket for 3-4 days. Change water every day when I get home from work.
    Has worked well for me.
     
  5. back-breaker

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    Question should be why wash spectra. Jerry Brown knows a bit about spectra and he told me there is no need.
     
  6. SlideRight

    SlideRight Just Fishin'

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    For one thing it can really stink up a rm./closet with all the rotting critters that come home with you on the braid. The other thing, washing can avoid salt corrosion from getting a foothold on the spool - especially if there is a ding in the spool exterior coating. Maybe other reasons, I dunno. Like said earlier, perhaps no physical harm to braid if not washed.
     
  7. David Brewer

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    I agree 100 percent. I also put a few coats of car wax on the spool when I have the spectra off, so that I don't have to replace a spool before I wear out the reel.
     
  8. tap

    tap "The Roving Angler" BD Writer

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    I try to keep the braid clean while fishing-hose it off with fresh water while rewinding after fishing , etc. but never take it off the reel just to wash it. Store it where it can "breath" as well. You also don't want to run your new line out to re-pack tightly as the boat moves through estuary or some bay conditions as the line will absorb the tanic acids, plankton and other inshore crap that will stain the line green/brown-looks terrible on the white or yellow braids especially.

    Tony Peña
    "The Roving Angler"
     
  9. sandslingerxxx

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    Hey guys, I recently purchased the Swifty product line from Tim and will be producing these again. I am currently looking for a plastic injection operation, that is local, to make a run before Fred Hall so that I can have them available there through various dealers. I do have some inventory that he still had. I put them up on EBay to make it easier for guys out of town to buy, or for guys who just prefer to use eBay. If anyone is interested in picking some up, let me know, we can just work through PayPal and I'll ship.
     
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  10. heatmiser

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    Hi Sam - thanks for letting me know. I just bought 2 complete kits! :)
     
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  12. sandslingerxxx

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    Just received the order. I'll get it out Tomorrow morning, thanks!
     
  13. reelconcerned

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    I use the same setup that lew uses for 10yrs, works great...Paul
     
  14. harddrive

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    I use my Swifty and stick the spool inside of my toilet tank. It gets a nice rinse of new water very often. One year, I left a spool in there for a year. It came out WHITE. :D
     
  15. sandslingerxxx

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    Thanks for the link Dave. That probably shows the best way to do it.
     
  16. heatmiser

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    Any input/ideas on how to make an inexpensive rig for removing the braid from my reels and then putting it back on using my cordless drill & the swifty kit?
     
  17. gecsr1

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    Cool.....:hali_olutta:
     
  18. gecsr1

    gecsr1 28' Aquasport "Reel Adventure II"

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    Do U have a website ?
     
  19. gecsr1

    gecsr1 28' Aquasport "Reel Adventure II"

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    Also I was under the impression that if U ues solid there's no need to wash it....as it will not pick up any odors, etc... but hollow needs to be cleaned....

    just something I herd...... somewhere on the internet.....
     
  20. bigfishsato

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    The Swifty Spools were the easiest way to clean your spectra that I've found from cleaning spectra for over 12 years. I used to include the spools in my Sato Line Winders when the spools were in production. Glad to hear that they are coming back, good luck with your endeavor Sam.

    Garry
     

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