Having posted on Facebook recently an image of a #3 Barrio fly line I’d dyed, Andrew Parker got in touch and asked for a ‘How To’… this ones for you Andrew – hope it helps.
The exact process followed to secure the above colour in the fly line using Rit Dye – Dark Green No.35
1 – Wipe clean fly line area to be dyed with a minute amount of fairy liquid on a damp cloth.
2 – Run hot tap as hot as it’ll go – in my case circa 50 degrees centigrade, and fill bucket with 5ltrs.
3 – Empty sachet of Dye into bucket of water and stir until dissolved.
4 – Put required part of fly line to be dyed into bucket.
5 – Bring one kettle full of water to the boil and add to bucket, move fly line to one side whilst pouring.
6 – Using anything (Excluding your best cutlery or finger) gently agitate/stir the water around the fly line to be dyed until desired shade achieved, the change in colour happens quite quickly so don’t take your eyes of it for a moment.
7 – Once happy with shade remove it immediately and rinse the fly line in cold water.
8 – Finish by wiping with a cloth. (I didn’t treat afterwards)
I am still using this fly line regularly as you’ll see in recent blog post pictures, the coating is still perfect, it floats as it did when I bought it and is still bullet straight.
This method works for me every time and has done so on 6 other previous occasions with absolutely no issues… these include RIO, Wulff and Snowbee fly lines.
Choosing to follow this method is at your own risk. I’ll not be responsible for how your fly line ends up nor any burns you acquire whilst doing it ~ Best of luck then!
PS: I’ve not tried on any mono core fly lines, only braided ones.