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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-05-2015, 02:36 AM Thread Starter
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Coloring Line?

Wondering if anybody has ever changed the color of a line. I have a buelah elixir that i want to chop down to use on some ultra clear, and relatively shallow rivers. I plan on cutting the tapered end of the line down so it functions more like a skagit, but i want to make the remaining portion of the line less bright. Any idea's on changing the color of the line?

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-05-2015, 11:11 AM
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Concentrated Rit dye liquid...

Keep in mind you'll be darkening the line.
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Yup, Rit dye works. Here is a link from Gary Borger's site that details the process a bit more:
Gary Borger Blog Archive Dying Fly Lines
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Right on. Thanks.
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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.


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Coloring Lines

For what it's worth I have been coloring 10 to 12 feet of the tip of my lines with a colored marker for the last 15 years. Apply color and let it set for about 15 min. then wipe with paper towel. You can do it a second time depending desired color. I have never had a problem with cracking etc. When applying it will not look pretty but when you wipe it, it comes out nice.

I use a marker called Prismacolor Premium and there are all kinds of colors. Google it.

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