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I have a question about line....If you put line on one summer and maybe used the rod less than a dozen times should u change the line the next year or would it still be good....maybe even for a rod u used only once? Is there a shelf life to line that soon?

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Good question, Tom. How about the difference between mono and braid?

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I'll do 10-12 outings or a season, whichever comes first.

Got to make sure you use mild soap & water after each trip though.

Rinse well.

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I think mono has to be changed more often than braid. But, that said, I change all my line once a year....just to be safe.

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I keep braid for a while but rinse it off and try to dry it as much as possible after that but I'm going back to all mono I think. I like replacing it more often and knowing its fresh line.

Year to year I've found that the top 50 yards will be damaged by exposure and that includes the stuff I have that is new still on the spool. Year to year I always change line, it's not worth the $5.00 to me to lose a monster, afterall...that's why I'm out there.

You'll lose a ton of casting distance from the line memory, not to mention the unknown actual strength of the line.

Mighty Quinn (I think) is still kicking himself after dropping a drum in the wash, I think he'll have fresh line a lot more often this season.

For me, with the amount of $ and effort that goes into each excursion in bait, gas, lures, time etc its just not worth it to lose a fish over old line. If I'm fishing the salt and it's been 2-3 weeks without fishing then I'll change the line before I go. Keep in mind that when I hit AI the line is typically exposed to salt and sand for 30-50 hours straight, that's a lot of exposure followed up by sitting the garage after being rinsed for 2-3 weeks. When I'm trolling in the bay or jigging, I'm more lenient and just take off about 20 yards per trip.

I guess you can tell this is one of my hot button issues, I guess its more fishing philosophy then anything else. The last thing that will cause me to lose a fish will be the less then $5.00 worth of mono connecting us. It will be a knot or some terminal gear or just bad luck but it won't be because I was lazy and didn't change my line.

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I change maybe once a month and sometimes longer. If I fish hard for a whole month, that line is getting changed. I am with Ben, so few fish caught and so much spent in prepping/bait/tackle, I would hate to lose one, tho it still happens...When it does, I am ticked off!!...for whatever the reason.

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I think I'll have to change my handle to "LineNazi" after reading everyone elses responses! "No Braid Fo You"

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Mighty Quinn (I think) is still kicking himself after dropping a drum in the wash, I think he'll have fresh line a lot more often this season.

I was there for that one... Yup, old line and I'm not even sure he was using a shock leader. Nice looking drum too.. :cwm21:

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I change my shockleader about every 4 or 5 time fishing.

I change my mono at least once a year or when then spool starts getting low. I keep all my reels and extra mono spools in a tote container and in my basement or garage out of the sunlight. The only time my reels see sunlight is when it is fishing.

I changed my braid after 1 day of use. Never put braid back on a reel yet. (this was 5 years ago trout fishing in PA)

I am going to give the newer braids a chance sometime this summer.

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Line is Cheap

Big Fish are hard to find

Replace your line Every year. Thats what I do because the ONE THAT GETS AWAY always has a Story behind it and you certainly dont want to Blame it on being Lazy or Cheap (not that I am calling anyone Lazy or cheap here... ).

:)

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Here is what the freshwater braid guys do. They keep the braid on for one year and then just reverse it and keep it on for another year.

I am with Ben in regards to mono. I change my freshwater line at least a few times a year. My ocean line I change every couple of months.

When I am fishing hard I check my shock leader every day. If it is frayed then I change it. But I retie it EVERY DAY!!!!!

Lots of ways for those big fish to get away. Me having bad line is not going to be one of them.

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Something of concern to me is, how long did that line sit on a store shelf? Does it even matter?

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Something of concern to me is, how long did that line sit on a store shelf? Does it even matter?

I think it does matter for the open spools, boxed lines have an advantage but those big 5000 yarders I get of ande get the first 100 or so yards stripped off before I spool it.

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Why not? I'm both!!:icon_salut:

LMAO!

I've seen 1st hand the line on your reels!:BangHead:

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Line is Cheap

Big Fish are hard to find

Replace your line Every year. Thats what I do because the ONE THAT GETS AWAY always has a Story behind it and you certainly dont want to Blame it on being Lazy or Cheap (not that I am calling anyone Lazy or cheap here... ).

:)

X's 2 although some of mine get changed twice a year, depending on usage

now the idea abour reversing the line is interesting. the only draw back I could see is now the weaker line is near the center of the spool and "what-if" you get a big fish on that runs you to the core? now you have marginal line at the spool:icon_scratch:

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I hear ya Randy, agree, why bother?

Not like line is a hunnerd bucks a roll (for mono).

Now, my 100# braid, that's near $100 for just one reel (1500 yards).

Those go two seasons with a through wash after each use.

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Randy,

The reversing the line thing is something the braid guys do. Braid doesn't break down like mono does. I am not sure if it really matters, but they do it. You get two years out of a spool of braid that way.

That is if you can go two years without backlashing it and cutting it out. Better be a good caster!

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