If you’re an avid angler, you know how important it is to make informed decisions about the gear you use – including your fishing line. One question that often arises among fishermen and women is whether fishing line decays over time. The short answer is yes – all fishing line, regardless of material or quality, will eventually deteriorate. However, the rate at which this happens can vary greatly depending on a number of factors.
Let’s start by discussing the different types of fishing line. Most anglers use one of three materials: monofilament, fluorocarbon, or braided lines. Monofilament is the most traditional type of fishing line and is made from a single strand of nylon. It’s known for being easy to cast, affordable, and versatile. Fluorocarbon is a newer type of line that is more invisible in water and has less stretch than monofilament. It’s often used for finesse fishing or when fishing in clear water. Braided lines are the strongest and have little to no stretch, making them a good choice for deep sea fishing or heavy cover.
All three types of fishing line can deteriorate over time. Monofilament is the most susceptible to decay, as it’s made from a material that can break down when exposed to UV light or heat. This means that if you leave your fishing line out in the sun or store it in a hot place (like a car trunk), it may start to break down faster than if it were stored in a cool, dark place. Fluorocarbon and braided lines are more resistant to UV rays and heat, but they can still break down if left out for extended periods of time.
Another factor that can contribute to line decay is wear and tear. If you’re constantly casting and reeling in (especially if you’re catching fish), your line is going to experience some amount of wear. This can cause fraying, weakening, and eventually breakage. Braided lines are less susceptible to wear than monofilament or fluorocarbon, but they can still wear down over time.
So, what can you do to extend the life of your fishing line? The most important thing is to store it properly. Keep your line out of direct sunlight and away from heat sources. When you’re not using it, wind it neatly onto a spool or line holder to avoid tangling and kinking. If you notice that your line is starting to fray or weaken, it’s probably time to replace it. Don’t wait until it breaks during a big catch!
All fishing line decays over time, but the rate at which it does so can vary depending on material, storage, and use. Take good care of your line, and it will last longer and perform better on your next fishing trip.