Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Alaska, Skwentna to Kodiak
I've been dying lines since the early 1990's and yes, Rit Dye does a fine job. However, bear in mind that you are working with a vinyl coated line so the temperature of the dye bath is very important. I've had feedback from guys who claimed the lines were destroyed but through further discussion determined that they had literally boiled the line.
After the hot dye process you will want to have some hot tap water ready to begin the quench process. If you go straight from a dye of say 170* Fahrenheit to a rinse / quench of say 70 degrees you may end up with a brittle line that will be prone to cracking. With that in mind remove the dyed line from the hot dye bath and place in a container filled with hot tap water which should be around 105* or so. Then begin to purge the rinse water with cooler water so the line is cooled gradually. When the rinse is cold you can warm it up again and wash the line prior to wiping to remove and residue from the dye.
After dying a line I dress it with Loon Glide to ensure a slick outer coating. If you work carefully you'll be happy with your custom color lines.
Kill the hens you kill the river, A Message For Alaskans