Does fishing line go bad with age?

There is no official answer for the life of these products, but we’ve compared estimates from various fishing publications and have gathered that monofilament has an average shelf life of two to three years, while fluorocarbon lines can last up to seven or eight years without losing its edge.

How do I test my fishing line?

  1. Tie a hook onto a 6-foot length of the fishing line you wish to test.
  2. Hook the end of the line onto an object that weighs as much as the listed test strength of the line, then lift the object into the air using your fishing rod.

How often should I replace my fishing line?

Monofilament lines should be changed at least once a year, though many anglers recommend changing them after every fishing trip. Their durability depends on how much you use them: If you are a heavy fisher, you should change monofilament line 3 to 4 times a year. Moderate fishers can change it 2 to 3 times a year.

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