Monofilament fishing line and fly line ages. If you only fish a few times a year, the lines will develop memory and coil. Fly lines also need clean and refurbished.
Many spin anglers rarely change their line. Some reels carry the same line for decades. Whether laziness or just cheapness, these anglers are not helping themselves catch more fish. The normal rule is to change your line annually. If you fish often, twice a year is suggested. Fly lines are also a 3-5-year investment.
To see if your line is old, check it for strength. If properly tied knots break under medium pressure, change it. If your fly line will not float and is kinked, knotted, and nicked, change it. You can a also use a magnifier to inspect your lines.
Thinner and lighter lines need to be changed more often. Line that has been exposed to sunlight age and degrade faster. Your rod and reels should always be carried in a case away from heat and sun.
Dispose of your old line properly. Most tackle shops have recycle boxes for used and old lines.
“Superlines” that are not nylon need less attention. These lines are nearly unbreakable and durable. They show little memory. Different knots are required to hold hooks and lures snugly.
I am always amazed how fishermen pay more attention to their hats, gear, and image, than their knots and line. Then they wonder why their losing rigs, fish, and excuses.
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