How to Store a Monofilament Fishing Line

How to Store a Monofilament Fishing Line
Nylon monofilament is the ideal material for fishing line. It's rot-proof, totally resistance to saltwater, and sinks slowly. Monofilament fishing line does have two great weaknesses: Extreme heat and UV rays. Exposure to either high heat or direct sunlight for extended periods of time may weaken your fishing line. While frequent anglers will want to start each season with new nylon fishing line, the frugal fisherman can safely store monofilament line for several years under the proper conditions.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Cardboard box
Step 1
Wind any loose monofilament line on to the spool to keep it from tangling. Place the spool of line in a shoebox or other small cardboard box.
Step 2
Place the boxed fishing line in a cool, dry, dark place, out of the sun, that isn't subject to extremes of temperature. The garage or a storage shed is ideal in temperate climates. If you live in a climate subject to extremes of cold or heat, store the fishing line in your closet.
Step 3
Inspect your fishing line when retrieving it from storage. If it appears brittle, inflexible or has developed a chalky coating on its surface, dispose of it. If you're worried about its strength, tie the end to a fishing lure or jig and tug firmly. If the knot shows signs of slipping or the line displays any unusual characteristics, dispose of the line and replace it.

Article Written By Marie Mulrooney

Marie Mulrooney has written professionally since 2001. Her diverse background includes numerous outdoor pursuits, personal training and linguistics. She studied mathematics and contributes regularly to various online publications. Mulrooney's print publication credits include national magazines, poetry awards and long-lived columns about local outdoor adventures.

Don't Miss a Thing!

All our latest outdoor content delivered to your inbox once a week.



We promise to keep your email address safe and secure.