Anglers have all experienced the horrible snapping of their line when reeling in a lunker. It’s frustrating but it’s part of the game.
Anglers might wonder why this happened. Was it caught on something? Did the knot break? When was the last time they changed their line? Was the line ever expired ?…? Is the fishing line still valid?
The fishing line, like all things in life, will eventually end. Monofilament can last for up to 3 years. Fluorocarbon can last up to 8 years. A braided fishing line can last a lifetime if properly cared for.
Monofilament Line Shelf Life
Monofilament, which is both cheap and readily available, is the most preferred fishing line for weekend warriors and novices.
Mono is one strand of plastic that will eventually wear down. You could get up to three years of fishing line if you’re doing light recreational fishing.
If you fish hard and often go out in rough conditions and waters, then it is worth changing your line every season.
Care for Monofilament Line
Your monofilament line can wear down over time due to sun, moisture, temperature swings, and extreme weather conditions.
You can extend the shelf-life of your monofilament line by taking care of it and maintaining it properly.
Anglers tend to keep most of their gear in one place for the whole year. This could be a shed or a basement. These areas can experience dramatic temperature and moisture swings.
Place the large spool of lint in a freezer after you have purchased it. The freezer will prevent the line from deteriorating and will help you stretch your dollars.
When to Change Monofilament Line
Monofilament can be purchased at a very affordable price. I would recommend purchasing a large spool to change the line every season.
If you are on a fishing trip and get stuck in bad weather or temperature fluctuations, you can change your line when you return. It is not worth ruining a fishing trip because of a weak monoline.
Fluorocarbon Fishing Lines have a shelf life of approximately 25 years
Fluorocarbon lines are made from one strand of fiber but with denser material. This line is not as flexible as monofilament, but it can withstand abrasions.
Monoline is buoyant, and it’s very popular with topwater and trolling fishers. Fluoro is preferred by fishers who wish to sink their lines, while monoline is buoyant.
Fluoro is more durable than mono because it can withstand abrasions. Consider all the times you have lost a lure due to getting hung up on rocks and structures.
Fluoro fishing lines will last for longer than mono. Usually, it is two to three times as long. This gives you eight-year shelf life.
Care of Fluorocarbon Fishing Line
Fluorocarbon is temperamental than monofilament. Fluorocarbon is more temperamental than monofilament. It will brittle quicker than mono if it is left out in the sun or exposed to temperature swings.
This is why storage is so important. Fluorocarbon works best in cool areas where the sun cannot damage the line. Special tackle boxes are often purchased by serious anglers to prevent light from damaging their line. The line will last for a long time if it is kept in a dark, cool place.
Fluorocarbon Line Conditioner
It is not common for anglers to talk about conditioning their line. It will prolong the shelf life of your line, especially if you use fluorocarbon.
I will soak the cloth in a conditioner. Cast out. Then reel in. I’ll ride the cloth along the line as I reel in, making sure that the entire line is coated. This is what I do most often. However, if the weather changes, I might reapply in the afternoon or at night.
These are the most popular line conditioners
- Kevin Van Dams
- Brass Pro Shop’s brand (this is what I use)
- When to Change Fluorocarbon Fishing Line
Although fluorocarbon has a shelf-life that is longer than mono, in theory, I recommend the same guidelines.
It is temperamental and unpredictable to the weather frequently worries me. However, I fish in New England. It can be 50 degrees in July, but it’s 90 by noon. It’s amazing how temperature swings can cause me to fish.
This is why I always swap out my fluorocarbon lines at the end. Because I keep my line conditioned, it is less likely that I will swap out during the season.
Shelf Life of Braided Line
The braided fishing lines will last longer, and you won’t need to take out another mortgage to purchase them.
A braided fishing line is made up of several strands that are braided together. This is the strongest fishing line, and it is becoming more popular.
As long as you take care of the braided line, it should last for a few seasons.
Care of braided fishing line
Braided lines are quite resilient so you don’t have to spend a lot of time and effort maintaining them.
You can extend the shelf life by switching the braided lines to a reel.
If your line is frayed or worn, you can attach the top end of your line to a new reel. Attach the top end to a new reel. Next, reel in the line. Now the line at the bottom of your spool is on the top.
This is one way you can extend the life of your reel.
Braided Line Lubricant
You can also use conditioners and lubricants on braided lines, just like fluoro. These conditioners are also good for braided lines.
You can also make your own DIY versions using common household products. While I don’t recommend DIY versions, it is something that you should look into. People I know who use baby oil have told me that they love it. I have never tried it though.
Inspection of Fishing Line
As I said, fishing lines eventually will go bad. Your line will eventually be worn by weather, UV, water, minerals, temperature, storage, and so on.
However, fishing for fish can also cause damage to your line. It will cause stress to your line if you catch 2-5lb lunkers every day.
Take a look at your line. It should feel stiff and brittle. It should be disposed of if you see any fraying or weak spots.
Test fishing line
Attaching weights to your line can help you test your fishing. If you have a 20lb test, then you should be able to suspend 20+ pounds of the line without snapping.
Although it is not a perfect science, it seems to make sense.
Get Rid Of Your Old Line
Old-line, whether it’s in the water or on the shore, is one of my biggest frustrations as a fisherman.
Fishing lines can be harmful to fish, birds, and animals and can lead to anglers losing rights to fishing grounds or watering holes.
It is best to take the line home with you and dispose of it in your garbage. It is usually put in an old container that I can recycle.
There will be containers at many public lakes that can be used by anglers to dispose of their line. There will be some PVC tubing at the public boat ramp.
Take a bow
Fishing gear can be a costly investment. Your line will last a season if you take care of it properly. You can buy high-quality gear and take good care of it.