I have a few reels that the line (Berkley Nanofil) is several years old. How often do you guys replace your line?
How often do you replace your fishing line?
A wise man once asked me if the hassle of respooling your line every year was worth not losing the fish of a lifetime. Since then, I re-spool more often than likely needed. Because why not?
I ice fish every weekend of the season and change my line usually twice in a season. I open water fish about 3 times a year and still change my line every year. Someday I'll catch that fish of a lifetime.
You will know. It either breaks or gets kinked and is difficult to use.
Do NOT necessarily change at intervals recommended here. Some of these guys fish every day, some once/week, others 5 times/year.
I have some power pro on a spinning reel that's close to 10 years old and it works just fine. I have mono on several reels that's 8 years old and it does just fine (large trolling rigs).
All depends on usage, and ultimately, usability.
Mono: Whenever the spool gets below and 1\8th" or so on spinning rods. I pull off about 10' several times a day and retie. Fresh mono fishes so much better. I'll go through ~1000 yards on my trolling rods in a season.
Braid: I can get 2 to 3 years out of it. More on the 65 to 80lb stuff. I turn it around on the spool when it shows wear.
Keep it all out of the sun when not in use. I guess my point is I changer my line as often as needed as opposed to trying make it last. I don't fill my spools with the line I fish with either. Always use a generous amount of cheap backing.
I also have reels that have mono anywhere from 2 to 10 years old. When I tie a new knot and it busts, I grab a different rod, and replace line later on the one that busted.
Perhaps if I fished every day things might be different, but the rising cost of everything has me being frugal. I can't remember the last time my line broke and it wasn't because of sharp teeth.
Those of you who replace 2x/year - how often do you fish?
My braid rods all run a 6ft flouro leader so i only have to change that line every couple years because there is not much cut and retie with the actual braid. My flourocarbon gets changed yearly or more. Depends when it starts to cast bad.
All of my rods with braid get re-spooled probably twice a year. Mono and floro probably once every other month. Trolling rods with mono get replaced when my baits aren't running to the desired depth (usually twice a year). This is due to break offs or frays in the line or nicks from weeds, rocks, or other structure.
I always have a backing on all of my reels so I'm not filling up a spool and only using a quarter of it then pulling it back off.
I might add that I fish rivers a lot and also in waters with a lot of rocks and trees/wood. I fish open water all year so my gear gets more of a work out in a year than most guys' gear will see in a lifetime. Nothing gets me more upset while on the water than losing a fish due to line failure.