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how often should you replace the line on your fishing poles

Question by DA Yooper. Uploaded on December 11, 2009

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from GLASSMAN73 wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

I REPLACE LINE ON MY CATFISH POLES ONCE EVERY 2 YEARS IF I USE THEM ALOT. I MIGHT GO 3 YEARS IF I DID NOT CATFISH ALOT ONE OF THOSE YEARS.MY OTHER POLES I KNOW ABOUT HOW FAR I CAN CAST MY HEAVIEST LURE AND I'LL ADD ABOUT 20 FT EXTRA AND WHEN I START TO RUN SHORT FROM TYING KNOTS OR SNAGS I'LL CHANGE IT OUT.IT KINDA FORCES ME TO CHANGE OUT MY LINE AT LEAST ONCE A YEAR.ALSO I KEEP MY POLES IN THE HOUSE SO THERE NOT SUBJECTED TO TEMPERATURE CHANGE LIKE IN A SHED OR SOMETHING..

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from rudyglove27 wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

For me it depends on how much you fish...I personally fish pretty much 3-4 times a week in the summer through fall...I usually change my line 1 or 2 times a year if needed...The best bet is to see when your line starts breaking a lot or gets knotted and tangled easy...I suggest for you to change the line on your fishing poles once a year...I hope this help!!!

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from NYhunter wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

I change mine about 2 times a year , once in the spring for trout season , then in the creeks it gets bad fast so I change it in late summer.
I would hate to loose a fish of a life time because of bad line!!!

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from Winchester 92 wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

I fish at least 4 times a week in season so between spring to fall i will replace my line at least 2-3 times. (i usually just respool the same line backwards because you dont use the whole spool, so i count that as changing it)

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from hi_tail wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

Pros change their lines before every event. Back here in the real world, "as needed/at least once a year" whatever comes first is a good way to go. Don't just look for abrasion and bad memory though. I fish a lot in FL and the sun will destroy monofilament pretty seriously. Salt and sun is a deadly combination. Since you posted this under Bass Fishing though, you probably don't have to worry about the salt issue :P

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from babsfish4life wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

Changing line is so cheap, I do it every year, especially if you store your poles out doors or in hot cars.

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from babsfish4life wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

Outdoors meaning in the garage.

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from stephensfamily@... wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

At least once a year

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from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

Once a year after all it's cheap.

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from Jim in Mo wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

On this F&S blog is a site from John Merwin called the Honest Angler. Click on that site, great for fishermen.

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from shane wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

When to change the whole line is pretty subjective, but it's a good idea to strip out 6 or 7 feet and cut it off much more often than you would change the whole line. This outer end gets beat up the most and gets weak spots. Some say only cut 3 feet, I think it's smart to cut off about the length of the rod it's on.

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from Drock wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

I change mine 2-3 times a year.But, the rule always applies if you see a knick or a weak spot.Pull out the lenght of the rod and restring.It also matters how much you fish.My wife says I go way to much.I tell her when you are fishing there is never enough.LOL!!!

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from WTXWildlifer wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

I change my line every three months. Most of the fishing I do is in thick stuff with lots of submerged logs and underwater plants. I also go after big catfish and bass. There is nothing like the disappointment of loosing a good fish due to a line break. At less than $20 a spool, you should change your line at least twice a year.

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from Kenton wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

Depends on how much you fish and the amount of abuse the line takes in structure.... Better to spend a few bucks than lose a fish... Last summer I was with a group bass fishing and we ran into an agressive pack of big muskies... We luckily landed 4 with bass gear... so... better safe than sorry..

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from 007 wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

A minimum of each spring.

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from huntingkid95 wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

I would say 1-2 times a year, depending on how much you fish and how much abuse your line takes. I got my rod from my grandma when my granpa died and it was 8lb test. My brother caught a 15in steelhead with it and when we went to pull it out of the water, the line broke. We later found out the line hadn't been changed in 6 years. This shows why you need to change your line.

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from faze631 wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

it depends on how often you fish you could have to chang it out every couple weeks or every other year. you should always check your line as much as possible and if any nicks or twists are present cut about 6 feet off and your good to go!

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from atien wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

once or twice a year depending on how much use

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from hi_tail wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

Pros change their lines before every event. Back here in the real world, "as needed/at least once a year" whatever comes first is a good way to go. Don't just look for abrasion and bad memory though. I fish a lot in FL and the sun will destroy monofilament pretty seriously. Salt and sun is a deadly combination. Since you posted this under Bass Fishing though, you probably don't have to worry about the salt issue :P

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from rudyglove27 wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

For me it depends on how much you fish...I personally fish pretty much 3-4 times a week in the summer through fall...I usually change my line 1 or 2 times a year if needed...The best bet is to see when your line starts breaking a lot or gets knotted and tangled easy...I suggest for you to change the line on your fishing poles once a year...I hope this help!!!

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from Winchester 92 wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

I fish at least 4 times a week in season so between spring to fall i will replace my line at least 2-3 times. (i usually just respool the same line backwards because you dont use the whole spool, so i count that as changing it)

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from babsfish4life wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

Changing line is so cheap, I do it every year, especially if you store your poles out doors or in hot cars.

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from GLASSMAN73 wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

I REPLACE LINE ON MY CATFISH POLES ONCE EVERY 2 YEARS IF I USE THEM ALOT. I MIGHT GO 3 YEARS IF I DID NOT CATFISH ALOT ONE OF THOSE YEARS.MY OTHER POLES I KNOW ABOUT HOW FAR I CAN CAST MY HEAVIEST LURE AND I'LL ADD ABOUT 20 FT EXTRA AND WHEN I START TO RUN SHORT FROM TYING KNOTS OR SNAGS I'LL CHANGE IT OUT.IT KINDA FORCES ME TO CHANGE OUT MY LINE AT LEAST ONCE A YEAR.ALSO I KEEP MY POLES IN THE HOUSE SO THERE NOT SUBJECTED TO TEMPERATURE CHANGE LIKE IN A SHED OR SOMETHING..

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from NYhunter wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

I change mine about 2 times a year , once in the spring for trout season , then in the creeks it gets bad fast so I change it in late summer.
I would hate to loose a fish of a life time because of bad line!!!

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from babsfish4life wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

Outdoors meaning in the garage.

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from stephensfamily@... wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

At least once a year

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from shane wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

When to change the whole line is pretty subjective, but it's a good idea to strip out 6 or 7 feet and cut it off much more often than you would change the whole line. This outer end gets beat up the most and gets weak spots. Some say only cut 3 feet, I think it's smart to cut off about the length of the rod it's on.

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from Jim in Mo wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

On this F&S blog is a site from John Merwin called the Honest Angler. Click on that site, great for fishermen.

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from Drock wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

I change mine 2-3 times a year.But, the rule always applies if you see a knick or a weak spot.Pull out the lenght of the rod and restring.It also matters how much you fish.My wife says I go way to much.I tell her when you are fishing there is never enough.LOL!!!

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from WTXWildlifer wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

I change my line every three months. Most of the fishing I do is in thick stuff with lots of submerged logs and underwater plants. I also go after big catfish and bass. There is nothing like the disappointment of loosing a good fish due to a line break. At less than $20 a spool, you should change your line at least twice a year.

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from Kenton wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

Depends on how much you fish and the amount of abuse the line takes in structure.... Better to spend a few bucks than lose a fish... Last summer I was with a group bass fishing and we ran into an agressive pack of big muskies... We luckily landed 4 with bass gear... so... better safe than sorry..

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from huntingkid95 wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

I would say 1-2 times a year, depending on how much you fish and how much abuse your line takes. I got my rod from my grandma when my granpa died and it was 8lb test. My brother caught a 15in steelhead with it and when we went to pull it out of the water, the line broke. We later found out the line hadn't been changed in 6 years. This shows why you need to change your line.

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from faze631 wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

it depends on how often you fish you could have to chang it out every couple weeks or every other year. you should always check your line as much as possible and if any nicks or twists are present cut about 6 feet off and your good to go!

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from atien wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

once or twice a year depending on how much use

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from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

Once a year after all it's cheap.

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from 007 wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

A minimum of each spring.

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