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When Is It Time to Change Your Fishing Line? ASK OUR TEAM
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-A common question that we often get asked about is when should you change your Fishing line? We set out to answer this question around the office and came up with many different answers so we thought it would be best to ask our pros and everyone involved with finatic to come up with the best answer possible.

 Buck Diesel Bass Fishing at Diamond Valley Raceway

Cody Worbington:  Finatic Marketing 
  Instagram:  @Buck_Diesel 

When should you change your Fluorocarbon?

Personally the frequency I change my fluorocarbon is based on the technique. For example on my worm rods, I may change the fluoro top shot out every 3 weeks to a month. Although for reaction techniques like crankbaits and swimbaits I tend to change my line every two weeks. I believe fluorocarbon lines can get worn out when cranking after only a day of heavy use. They will begin to kink and fray and generally it's time to change them out. 

When should you change your Monofilament?

I change my monofilament once every month about if i'm using it heavily. I use mono mostly for topwater and shallow square bill crankbaits (like in 1 to 3 ft deapth range).  Monofilament line can start to gain some memory after a couple of weeks of hard use. 

When should you change your Braid?

I only change my braid about once 1to 2 years because the finatic braid holds its color so well. Once I see my braid has lost all color or is very fuzzy I look into changing it. Braid is strong and will last a lot longer than I think a lot of folks give it credit for.  
Mike Kaplan Holding 5 Bass at San Vicente Reservoir
Mike Kaplan:  Finatic Marketing
Instagram: @Mike__Kaplan

When should you change your Fluorocarbon?

I change all of my lines depending on their use. When I am fishing a few times a week, and rotating my rods for different tactics the lines are getting quite a bit of wear. I will usually respool them every couple of weeks depending on their usage. With a topshot application, I have been using less fluoro and more braid. I change the fluorocarbon leaders on these setups almost every time I fish because having a fresh section of fluoro going straight to my lure may make the difference between catching a fish or not. This setup allows me to utilize the properties of the braid that I enjoy fishing with, and also the great qualities that fluorocarbon brings to the table.

When should you change your Monofilament?

I change my mono probably once a season. I definitely fish more fluoro than mono. But thats just me!

When should you change your Braid?

Braid is a tough one. In the past I found myself respooling braid more than at least once a season, after heavy use. I have been putting this Finatic braid to the test and have not had any issues or felt the need to respool since throwing it on my gear. At this rate I may never change my braid again! ;)
Finatic Pro Skylar Hamilton Holding Bass
Skylar Hamilton: Finatic Pro Staff 
Instagram: @profishskylar

When should you change Fluorocarbon?

You should change fluorocarbon line based on memory and color. Even the best fluorocarbon will start obtaining memory on the spool once it starts to reach the end of its time. Also watch for your line to change from crystal clear to a “milky” color, when you see this it’s time to re-spool!

When should you change Monofilament?

Monofilament seems to last a little bit longer than fluorocarbon but it will show the same signs as fluorocarbon when you need to change it.

When should you change your Braid?

Braided line can virtually last forever but after about a year it is past its prime if it’s been used regularly. Look for little “hairs” and frays to decide when you need to change your braid.
Finatic Pro Andre Casey Holding Bass at San Vicente
Andre Casey : Finatic Pro Staff 

When should you change Fluorocarbon?

Ideally I like to change my fluorocarbon every 3-5 trips depending on how many fish I caught and what kind of structure I was around. The lighter the diameter, the more often I will swap it out. Fluorocarbon has a tendency to be a lot more abrasive resistant than mono giving me more life with a spool.

When should you change Monofilament?

With Monofilament, I like to swap with a fresh spool typically more often than my fluoro. Mono has a tendency to coil after a few trips or if it sits too long on a spool. I have techniques where mono shines opposed to Fluoro, but it does have its issues with abrasion, thus requiring more use of fresh line. The advantage to this is mono is more affordable so spoiling up doesn’t hurt the bank as much as a fresh spool of flouro. This is a reason guys like top shots or put mono backup under their fluoro to save money and line.

When should you change your Braid?

My braid setups generally will last months if not and entire year. A good brand of braid will fade at a slower rate and require less marker coloring. This is usually the reason i find myself spooling up fresh braid. The smaller diameter factor has an effect on how often I respool with each fluoro, mono, and braid. I’ve had a spool if 65lb braid on for a year without any issues and I probably had another year of use with it after that but I spooled fresh for the color.
Parker Wright Holding Up 2  Small Mouth
Parker Wright: Finatic Pro Staff 
Instagram: @pakkaa

When should you change Fluorocarbon?

I change my fluorocarbon fishing line out about every three to 4 weeks, depending on amount of use. Also I always change out my fluorocarbon and fluorocarbon leaders before a tournament.

When should you change Monofilament?

I change my monofilament fishing line out as soon is starts to gain memory. Generally I use it for topwater applications, so it doesn’t get as many abrasions or nicks from hitting cover.

When should you change your Braid?

Braided line I can usually make last a whole season or up to a season and a half. If you take the time to unravel line twist in between trips you will end up saving line in the long run.
Finatic Pro Jared Hoffman holding some nice Small Mouth
Jared Hoffman: Finatic Pro Staff 
Instagram: @jared  hoffman

When should you change your Fluorocarbon and Monofilament?

For myself, fluorocarbon, as well as monofilament replacement, is solely predicated upon the memory of the line. I have found that monofilament is much more abrasion resistant than fluorocarbon but I have also found that it has a higher tendency to increase in memory more rapidly. Sun exposure also plays a key role in mono and flouro replacement, in the warmer months I tend to replace my line more frequently than in the winter or transitional periods because the sun exposure seems to brittle the lines.

When should you change your Braid?

I like to say that I get “two lifetimes” out of my braided fishing lines.If I feel that the braid is getting worn down by use or sun exposure I will simply reel the braid off of one reel and onto another. Because braid doesn’t have any memory, this method ‘reverses’ your braid putting the highest used and most beat up braid from the top of your first spool to the bottomn of your second, leaving your second spool with fresh braided line on top. Otherwise I am typically only respooling my braided lines when I don’t have enough line to make a long distance cast.
 
Finatic Pro Scotty Pethel Holding calico bass

Scott Pethel : Finatic Pro Staff 
Instagram: @scottypethel 

When should you change your Fluorocarbon?

The majority of my fishing applications I’m using 3-7 foot top-shots of fluorocarbon so I change them out often when they are getting too short or if I feel any signs of breakdown. Run your fingers up and down the leader after every fish or contact with cover and pay close attention to your knots, especially if you have had the same bait tied on for a long period of time. It might feel or look ok but knots under consistent load or shock over and over again need to be re tied often with fluorocarbon. Now if I have a reel that’s filled with fluorocarbon I usually can get a handful of trips out of it. Weather and UV light don’t effect it very much and it doesn’t stretch or absorb water as much as monofilament does so it tends to be more resilient. It does become brittle over time so look to see if it’s getting chalky or unmanageable. If you feel it needs to be replaced it probably does.

When should you change your Monofilament?

Monofilament needs to be replaced often. It absorbs a lot of water and this constant absorption and drying starts to break it down. Hot and cold temperatures, UV light and humidity also effect monofilament adversely. 
Now I’m very picky when it comes to monofilament. I tend to fill my reels with it and after just one day of fishing you can feel it breaking down throughout the day. If it starts to feel chalky or dry it’s time to replace it. If you start to loose the stretch or softness, it’s time to replace it. Also if your like me and backlash from time to time and wonder why you keep backlashing in the same area of the spool, it’s been damaged either by the force or from picking it out and needs to be replaced. 

When should you change your Braid?

Braided lines are incredibly tough but they are not perfect. You can pull on it and pull on it and it won’t break but pull on it and rub it up against something and it’s toast. Braid does not take abrasion very well. I load my reels to capacity with braid, I will get to this later but it’s important. I inspect my braid every trip when I get home, you want it to be dry so you can inspect it. I will take 20 feet off the top and check for wear. If you see any discoloring, check it. If you see cuts, knots, or hairs coming off of it, cut it back. Typically I cut 3-6 feet off every few trips. When I get to the point through the season where I feel I need more braid on that reel I will fill a brand new reel with 20-30 yards of mono and then reel that braid onto the new one. The braid underneath is brand new and I usually get two seasons out of a spool of braid.
 
 Hope this helps and be a Finatic out there!!
Finatic Pro Anthony Diguillian holding a Dorado
Anthony Diglulian: Finatic Pro Staff 
Instagram: @thesaltwaterpro

When should you change your Fluorocarbon?

 In the blue water it all depends on what we're fishing for. For sailfish, we change our leader after every fish and keep a close eye out for cut's and chaffing caused by toothy critters and contact with anything else that may weaken the line. If we're bailing 20 pound plus Mahi-Mahi we will catch up to 10 or 12 fish, before changing.

When should you change your Monofilament?

It is common for us to change our main line every few days when action is hot and heavy. On average we change it once every 2 months. But we pull 50 to 100 feet off our reel's at least once a week and re-tie all our terminal connections to avoid breaking fish off do to chafe's.

When should you change your Braid?

Braided line can last a long time. We change ours maybe once a year. We are always checking our line for any weaknesses and will change accordingly. If you take good care of your braid, it can last a year or two. 
Finatic Pro Justin Hill Holding A Bass
Justin Hill: Finatic Pro Staff 
Instagram: @jhill_77

When should you change your fluorocarbon?

What’s up guys, Justin Hill here. Let me fill you on on my take on when to change certain types of line.I am by far the pickiest person I know when it comes to line. In my part of the country at times I am extremely hard on my line (Hence why I trust Finatic). Line is what connects you to the fish, and in my opinion, is the most important part of the “catching” process.

I use flourocarbon 80% of the time. Certain presentations are harder on line than others. For example cranking and flipping I go through line a lot faster than others. Anytime I notice frays, kinks, or twists I am quick to retie or re-spool. To me knowing when to change your flourocarbon is all about the environment and structure your fishing.

When should you change your Monofilament?

The only time I use Monofilament is for topwaters such as buzz baits, wake baits,  walking baits, and poppers. Most of these presentations are open water unless around or over top of structure (docks, rocks, wood). Monofilament for me is the one line that I may spool my topwater rods with and never change but a few times a year, if that. Simply because I’m not using it like the other types of line. Use your judgement, if you run a buzz bait over a few dock cables check your line. Finatic’s abrasion resistance is extremely high, however metal cables seem to always win against fishing line. I always pay attention to my line when casting, often times more than the lure it self. (Tip: Watching your line instead of the topwater increases hook ups due to slowing your reaction time on the initial blowup. Just my opinion!)

When should you change your braid?

 Braided line = Big bass. Braid is something I don’t get to use enough but I absolutely love it! Setting the hook on a big fish in thick cover is as good as it gets with braid. To me, braid is the toughest line ever invented. (Side note: The first spool of Finatic braid I ever purchased is still on a flipping rod I use for bushes and grass, which is 9 months old) I will actually take braid off a spool and turn it around before I throw it away. This maximizes the life of the braid. The sign for when to change braid for me is frays. Flipping for a year with the same braid and it will eventually happen. Color is a big thing for me too. I only use dark green or black braid and if the color starts to lighten I’ll will switch it out, or this is a good time to turn it around! I will say Finatic has came out with the strongest and most durable braid I have ever seen or used.

One thing that goes into every aspect of fishing for me is something Gerald Swindle says “do the small things right”. Check your line, use a little common sense, and most importantly go have fun! Hope this helps you improve your judgement on line.

Final Thoughts:

Whether its Braid fluoro or mono the frequency at which you should change your line depends on the amount of use, sun exposure, and the structure you are fishing. With that said one thing you can always count on is that Finatic will do everything in their power to provide the best products available to handle these factors. If your in the market for some new line make sure to check out some of finatics offerings.

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