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?
As others have said, it depends on the reel and application, and frequency of use. Am I fishing open water trolling, zebra muscles, rocks etc. My spinning reels with mono, more often, some of my reels with braid, less often. One thing I do though is on my line counters I do not replace all the line. I'll strip off 300-350 yards and refill that much line.
Some rods that i run mono/floro/copoly I have to refill 3-5 times a year. I fish rocks a lot. If you lose 6-8 jigs every time out you're refilling in couple weeks. I run backing on every mono/floro/copoly. Old line casts like crap anyway...and once a line gets a lot of twist, no matter how much you get twist out it seems to come back faster. It's gone, respool.
When the cottonwood flies in June, I respool almost daily for a week. you can't cast a rod with that crap in a spool, a couple pieces and you're done.
Ive fished w people many times and they have a half spool of line. they can't cast for crap and they wonder why. I don't care if it's brand new a week ago, if it's too low on that lip, you change it unless you are just vert jigging and don't need a full spool.
PowerPro/braid/nano - when the spool gets too low and I can't get max distance on a cast. usually every other year.
Mono and copoly is cheap, if it's 1/8 below the lip it's too low. If it seems to be holding a ton of memory, lot's of twist, change it. It's just my feeling on line, cheapest part of your equipment and one of the most essential.
Braid - On my primary musky rod it depends on how many fish I have caught and reties of leaders I've done (loss of line capacity on the spool). Usually every season, but have gone 2. On non-primary musky rods, 2-4 years.
Mono - on all of my spinning rods for bass, catfish, etc, I change line every year. Sometimes I have re-spooled 2x during a year. I have one musky combo that I run 40 lb Maxima mono for special circumstances. That is changed out every 2 years.
I'm pretty much with Bugle. Mono or Fluoro is changed every other year or so depending on use. Braid or other superlines I normally change them out more so because my reels are getting low or the color is fading rather than actual line deterioration. I have new spools of line in storage that I have no problem using or storing for years.