Does Fishing Line Go Bad if Not Used?

Does Fishing Line Go Bad if Not Used?

Fishing line is an essential equipment for anglers. Over time, the question of whether or not fishing line goes bad if it is not used frequently has been asked. The short answer is yes – fishing line does go bad with time and should be replaced regularly for optimal performance.

Fishing lines are made of a variety of materials, including monofilament, fluorocarbon, and braided. Each type of line material has its own characteristics that can affect how long the line remains usable.

Monofilament lines will break down more quickly than other materials and should be replaced every two to four months to ensure maximum performance. Fluorocarbon and braided lines tend to last longer than monofilament and should be replaced every six months or so.

In addition to the type of material used in the fishing line, there are other factors that can cause the line to deteriorate over time. UV light from the sun can cause chemical changes in some types of fishing line that make them less durable. Salty water can also cause the fibers in a fishing line to break down faster than normal, making them weaker and more prone to breakage.

Finally, the way a fishing line is stored can also have an impact on its lifespan. Storing a spool of unused fishing line in a high temperature environment can cause it to break down more quickly than normal due to oxidation caused by heat and humidity. Similarly, storing a spool of unused fishing line in direct sunlight on a hot day could also reduce its lifespan significantly due to UV damage from extended exposure to sunlight.


In conclusion, while some types of fishing lines may last longer than others without use, all types will eventually start degrading with time if they are not replaced regularly according to manufacturer’s recommendations or stored properly when not in use. Taking good care of your fishing equipment is key for anglers who want their gear to remain reliable over long periods of time without having to replace it too often.

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Daniel Bennet