Cold Storage: Chill Your Fishing Line for a Longer Shelf Life

Photograph by Dan Saelinger. Prop styling by Birte Von Kampen.

Bulk spools of fluorocarbon and high-quality monofilament aren’t cheap, but the reason you pay up is to have a few seasons’ worth of line on hand when you need it, right? Rather than let your investments roast on a garage shelf, or sit in a cabinet in your dank basement, store them in your freezer.

Over time, exposure to moisture, sunlight, and seasonal temperature swings can degrade monofilament and fluorocarbon. The cold, dark, humidity-free environment where your Hot Pockets and fish fillets live, on the other hand, provides a stable, dry climate that can keep a spool of line—or fly tippet—fresh indefinitely.