How Do You Get Memory Out of a Fishing Line?

Fishing lines are an important part of any fishing experience, but they can be prone to memory. Memory is when a fishing line becomes deformed and holds a certain shape, which can cause it to have trouble casting or catching fish. There are a few ways that you can reduce and even get rid of memory in a fishing line.

Clean Your Line

The first step to getting rid of the memory in your fishing line is to give it a good cleaning. This will help remove any dirt, grime, or saltwater that has built up on the line, which can lead to memory forming over time.

To clean your line, simply soak it in warm water with a mild detergent for a few minutes before rinsing it off with fresh water. You could also use specialized cleaners made specifically for fishing lines if you want something more effective.

Stretch Your Line

Once you’ve given your fishing line a good cleaning, the next step is to stretch it out and break up any memory that may have formed. The best way to do this is by attaching one end of the line to something sturdy like a post or tree and then grabbing the other end with both hands and pulling as hard as you can until the line is taut.

Hold this position for 10-15 seconds before releasing the tension and repeating about 5 times on each section of the line. This should help reduce any existing memory and prevent new ones from forming as well.

Store Properly

Finally, make sure that you store your fishing line properly when not in use in order to keep it from developing memory problems in the future. To do this, you should fill up an old milk jug or bucket with fresh water and soak your line in there for at least 30 minutes before taking it out and letting it dry completely before putting it away. This will keep your line from becoming brittle or deformed while stored away.


Memory problems are common with fishing lines but they don’t have to be permanent if you take care of them properly. Cleaning your line regularly and stretching/storing it correctly will help keep your line free from memory so that you can enjoy every trip out on the water!

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Emma Gibson