Many of us use spray oils or conditioners on our reels when cleaning them after fishing all day. Water and sand (and other particulates) get into the reel and on the line, and the constant washing down and drying can leave parts needing lubrication and the line (especially braids) lacking conditioners.
Kayak fishermen are more susceptible to having their braided lines age quickly because of constant saltwater splashing and subsequent drying in the sun that leaves salt on the line. I take the time to wash down my rods and reels with fresh water, then spray Blakemore Fishing Group’s “Real Magic” on the reel and line before putting them away. But does Real Magic really work, and does it condition and extend the life of braided lines? I conducted a small experiment to find out.
I chose two spinning reels of comparable size and spooled them both with PowerPro 30 lb. line from the same spool. My plan was to use both these reels for summertime beach shark fishing. A large portion of the line from each reel would be in the saltwater for extended periods. After each trip, I would wash one of the reels and apply Real Magic to one of the reels and line. The other would simply be rinsed off and left to dry.
According to the Blakemore website, Real Magic contains UV inhibitors that protect line. It also reduces friction and cleans metal parts. Since it has many qualities it also has many uses, but for this review I was only interested in its value as a line conditioner.
I started in June and used both reels together several times each month for five months. Each time, I rinsed one of the reels and applied Real Magic to the spool and reel. The other reel I rinsed only and did not apply any chemicals. After reaching my time goal, I noticed a big difference in the lines. The line on the reel that had Real Magic applied was like new. It had retained its original color, and was pliable with no line memory. It seemed to cast cleaner and farther from the reel. The line on the reel that was only rinsed had the appearance of having been bleached. It had lost its color and felt brittle. It appeared to be much more aged than its counterpart. When casted, it seemed to drag or stick a little, which also seemed to cut cast distance.
I did not test the breaking point of the line, so I don’t know whether the “rinsed only” line had lost any of its strength. I do know the line that had Real Magic applied to it retained the characteristics it had when it was new. The differences I noted were enough for me to conclude that Real Magic is definitely worth using.