How Long Does Fishing Line Last?
Wouldn’t it be nice if fishing line had an expiration date? Unfortunately it does not. Even though it doesn’t have an expiration date, doesn’t mean it will last forever. Fishing line does go bad.
In this post we will discuss the question: How long does fishing line last? We will also share some tips to make your fishing line last longer.
How long will monofilament fishing line last?
Monofilament have some amazing properties that make it so effective when fishing. However, compared with braid and fluorocarbon, monofilament has the shortest shelf line. This is mainly due to the fact that monofilament is vulnerable to UV light and heat. Long days fishing on the water can definitely take a toll on your fishing line.
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How long will fluorocarbon fishing line last?
One reason many choose to use fluorocarbon over monofilament is because it is much more difficult to see underwater. It is these transparent properties that help to make fluorocarbon last longer than monofilament. In fact, fluorocarbon fishing line is not affect at all by UV sunlight.
How long will braided fishing line last?
Braided fishing line will last you the longest. Unlike mono which breaks down under sunlight, braid is not affected by sunlight. The truth is mono will break down whether you use it or not. However, braid will last you for many fishing seasons.
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How often should I change my fishing line?
Much of that depends how you are using it and how often. For example, if you are fishing every day obviously you would have to change it more often than if you were only fishing once or twice a month. Also, if you are using it under rough conditions you would also have to change it more often.
Another factor to consider is the type of fishing line you are using. As we mentioned before braided fishing line last much longer than other types. You can fish with braid for many fishing seasons. Whereas, fluorocarbon and monofilament are weaker and need to be changed more often.
How to know when fishing line should be changed out?
Before heading out to go fishing take a few minutes to examine your fishing line. Does it have imperfections? Are there any nicks in the line? Has the fishing line begun to fade? Another common problem that is often overlooked are creases in your line. Creases can be caused by a bad backlash, or being too quick to tie a knot. These creases can be a weak point in your line. The last thing you want is a weak point when trying to land a big fish. If you notice any weak points, cut out the affected line or change out the line altogether.
How can I make my existing line last longer?
Storage. Besides the normal beating fishing line takes while in the water there are factors that can affect the longevity of your fishing line. They are heat and light. Exposure to heat as well as light can shorten the life span of your fishing line. So when not in use, make sure to store your fishing line in a cool and dark place.
Proper Fishing Pole Set Up: One common mistake that I am sure has happen to every fisherman at least one time or another is improper pole set up. The most common one is missing a guide altogether and stringing the fishing line through the small gap that exist between the guide and the fishing pole. Having your fishing line rub up against the sharp edges can cause damage and compromise your line.
Remove and store. Let’s say you would like to change fishing line from braid to monofilament. Instead of taking off the braid and tossing it, it would be better to remove it, put it on a spool and store it. This trick can only be done with braid because of the fact it has no memory and it last much longer that other fishing lines.
Respool: Another trick you can do with braided fishing line to make it last longer is to respool it onto another fishing reel. Begin with my cutting off your lure and tying this end to your new fishing reel. Next, begin to spool your reel. When you are all done, you will have the older line on the bottom and your fresher line on top.
Use a starter line: Fishing line can be expensive. A way to save money on fishing line is to purchase a cheap braid and fill up half your fishing reel with this less expensive brand. Next, tie on your desired fishing line and finish spooling. Now you have a full reel at half the cost.
Regularly checking your line: The last thing we want to do after landing a huge monster is sit down and check our line for imperfections. Instead we want to get out there and find another one. However, this is essential step, not only in making sure your fishing line will last longer, but also that you won’t lose your next fish. Make it a point to check your fishing line after each catch and retying your lure if needed.
How long can fishing line last? It really depends on many conditions such as: how often do you go fishing, what type of fishing line and under what fishing conditions.
Now it’s your turn. Share with us in the comments below what you do to make your fishing line last longer.