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Need some advice......I bar fished for springs last year for a solid week, sometimes putting 12 hour days or longer......I currently have 40 lb maxima on my rods and am looking to save a bit of $ this year for my annual trip. I checked the line and it seems to have no kinks etc, and they have been stored in a basement closet all year. Do you guys think I could get away with using it again this year? With it being on the reel since last summer it does not seem to be as straight bit still looks strong. I am looking to put the money I usually spend on line every year elsewhere (like my gas tank :mad: :mad:) I thought about cutting off about 10 yards or so but also don't want to leave myself too short.....Any suggestions? I would hate to lose a 40 'lber because I was cheap, but these fishing expeditions are getting a lot more pricey!!
 

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did you say you only used the line for a week? i would say you will be fine. I fish every weekend and only change my line once a season (before steelies) and i have never had a problem :thumbup:
 

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if you are really worried about your line, maybe you should stop using a product like Maxima and switch for a product like Berkley Big Game. Purchase a bulk spool (1 lb of line) for about $60.00 and then you can afford to change your line over and still have good quality fresh line on your reel. Best of both worlds. Maxima may still be the standard to which others are measured but in 40lb trst, Big Game is a great, affordable line also.
 

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Thanks, I may just stick with the line I got on. I have tried other products but I find Maxima to be trouble free (for me anyway) Braided line is frowned upon in the river I fish by other "veterans" Usually if anything is going to give you grief it is usually the leader line, especially when people get lazy and don't change their leaders after a while. The spin n glo's seem to wear out the line after a while. This happened to me once and now change leaders after every fish or about 2hrs of fishing. Heading out on Fri for a week, hope to have some pics to post when I get back. Would of had some really good pics from my interior fishing trip but I dropped the camera in the water my last day out :'( :'( Now no one will believe what I caught...... :'(
 

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thats why you ALWAYS put your wrist through the wrist strap when your over deep water :wallbash: :wallbash: I cast one of my cameras into the river years ago (had a neck strap but i had it sitting behind me on the rocks) and we actually fished it out, let it dry and it still worked :thumbup: the film that was in it even produced some pics :happy: :happy:
 

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well kind of lucky I forgot my digital camera at home otherwise it would have been toast. I bought a disposable for the trip and :-[ :-[dropped it by shore when going for pee break :-[ :-[.....maybe I will try and get them developed just to see what happens..
 

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If line was stored away from the exposure to UV rays, like in a closet, shelf or cupboard, etc it will be fine! UV rays will break down monofilament quite quickly if stored in a direct view of the Ultra Violet rays. This only applies to monofilament, not Fluorocarbon, the UV rays have no effect on fluoro and will not break it down.

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Rick Baerg said:
If line was stored away from the exposure to UV rays, like in a closet, shelf or cupboard, etc it will be fine! UV rays will break down monofilament quite quickly if stored in a direct view of the Ultra Violet rays. This only applies to monofilament, not Fluorocarbon, the UV rays have no effect on fluoro and will not break down.

:cheers: Rick
That's very interesting, I never knew this before, Thanks for ther info! I always keep my rods in the garage, would that be ok or should I take the reels off and put them in a closet when not in use?

Thanks, Dan
 

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Also, it's a good idea to slowly run the last 20-30 yard of line through your fingers, feeling for nicks or rough areas. If you feel any, you may want to replace your line even if it's fairly fresh. Those are the areas most likely to break when you're relling the big one in.
 

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A little tip that I was taught many moons ago is when you fish a reel with mono spooled on it that has not been fished for a few months. Just run warm tap water on it for a couple minutes. This will help in getting the memory out of the line on the reel. Works great :thumbup:

:cheers: sage
 
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