Re: what line conditioner
wndeagle, It sounds like the tip of your flyline is absorbing water into the core. I would trim it back 2-3" and retie or replace the leader connection. I replace mine about every two months. I use liquid dishwashing detergent and my carwashing bucket to clean the flyline in. Its a good idea to stretch out the backing and recheck all your line connections after each trip also. It amazing how much dirt can get into the reel mechanisms, so dont forget to rinse your reels and flyrod reelseats also. Sorry it sounds like I'm lecturing!