How to Store Fishing Line

How to Store Fishing LineThe condition of your fishing line, whether for saltwater, freshwater or fly-fishing, can be the difference between a bountiful day on the water and a lousy one. The last thing any angler wants is to have his line break when he has "the big one" hooked. Improper care and storage will make this scene possible. Storing fishing line, whether monofilament or for fly-fishing, is an easy task that will result in the line remaining strong.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Storing Fly Line

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • Cloth
  • Fly line cleaner
  • Fly line cleaning pads
  • Fly line dressing
  • Coffee can
  • Plastic container
  • Pen
  • Cardboard box
  • Rubber band
Step 1
Remove the fly-fishing line from the reel. Wipe the line clean by using a soft, clean cloth and fly line cleaner, or wiping it off with fly line cleaning pads.
Step 2
Lubricate the fly line by wiping it down with a good quality fly line dressing.
Step 3
Wrap the fly line around a large can or plastic container, such as a coffee can. This will reduce the chances of the line developing "memory" when you go to use it again.
Step 4
Label the end of the container, noting the line's weight and flotation.
Step 5
Place the fly line in a lidded, cardboard box and store it in a cool dark area, such as your garage or an inside room.

Storing Monofilament Line

Step 1
Wind the monofilament line around each spool, if loose, and secure it by placing a rubber band around the spool to hold it in place. This will keep the line from tangling and possibly becoming damaged.
Step 2
Place the spools of monofilament in a cardboard box with a lid. Label the end of each spool with the line's test weight, if the original label is missing. This will be helpful when you go to use it again.
Step 3
Store the box in an area that is dark and cool, away from extreme temperatures and sunlight.

Tips & Warnings

Store your fishing line in its own separate box, away from your other tackle that can snag or damage it.
Do not allow your line to lie loose in the trunk of your car, as heat or other substances such as oil and chemicals will damage it.
Do not store your line in a sunny or hot location, as heat and UV light will quickly deteriorate the line and cause it to break more easily.
Do not store your fishing line with your sunscreen or insect repellent, as their oily residues and chemicals will damage the line, as well as contaminate it.

Article Written By Joyce Starr

Joyce Starr is a professional writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawn care and gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.

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