When to change line

How often should I change my fishing line?

The general answer is that you should change your line when it needs to be changed.  This is cannot be determined by a set period of time.  A weekend of fishing a fast moving river full of rocks and other obstructions tends to wear line much more than two whole weeks fishing a spinnerbait near a weed line. 


Before I continue I want to stress one very important factor, especially important when using light line.  You must check your line while you are on the lake for imperfections that will prevent you from landing a fish.  Every once in awhile I take my index finger and thumb and run the line near the lure through my fingers.  If I feel the line is frayed or nicked I immediately cut the portion of line that is damaged and retie my lure.  When you make your knots make sure not to pull the line too fast or hard. This can create friction that will weaken the line in the knot area.  I always wet the line before I tie knots. 


I have assumed in writing this answer that you were referring to monofilament line.  If you are using ax expensive power line then my answer does not apply.  When you compare the cost of monofilament line to other expenses for a fishing trip it is really insignificant.  If there is any doubt at all change line before you go out on the lake. It makes no sense to spend hundreds of dollars on a fishing trip and then lose a fish because one declined to purchase a seven dollar spool of line.

Dan Eggertsen is a fellow bass fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on bass fishing since 2004.

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