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tunrda74

line question

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Aloha Fellows!!!

I have a few boxes of line from last year that have been in the garage all winter and purchased from last July. do you think it is still fresh? or not worth the chance on the 1st 30 of the year?

thanks all and i am getting really itchy!!

Opie

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If its mono and hasent had sun exposure I dont see why it wouldnt work .I dont recall seeing expiration dates on line I buy in a store,and who knows how long some of that has been around....2cents

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ya just never know about memory and all that.

Thanks!!!!

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FYI, there is a date on the spool. I always look. The date is when it was made. I try to make sure if it is 8lbs or less to not use mono/florocarbon over 3 years old. I actually will open many boxes just to find the new stuff. Light is the biggest enemy, however I have had dust and crap distroy line as well. I am as superstitious as you can be and always put new line on every year. It prevents memory, twists, nicks and any other reason I can think of. However, I have had new line that is bad. Weather the plant had heat issues, friction, or if the store puts it on wrong... who knows the reason.

If you trust your line use it. I never trust my old line, so I replace it at least once a year.

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What kind of line is it?

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I am superstious with that as well. why take a chance. eventhough the line ain't free!! The line is Berkley Iron Silk. i just love that line. very supple, good knots, and very low spool memory.

Thanks All!

Opie

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Both Braid and Mono can be kept for quite some time. Mono needs to be kept in a cool dry place, and out of all light. I am a tournament angler and order a lot of my lines by the 3000 yard spool. Which lasts me a couple of years. I keep it in a cardboard box in a storage closet and put a few of those silica things in it. And have had line still perfect a few years later. If it was in your garadge, I would be worried that it got warm... If it got heated up it may have some memory issues, if it got wet, IE humidity, it may also have some issues. Might be better off gettingnew stuff, depends on how expensive it was and how much you have I guess?

Braid, as long as you kept it out of the sun should be fine.

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I am just going to replace it all and pitch the other stuff. better be safe than sorry.

OK one more. I have Gorilla Braid from about two or so years ago. time to change? i am guessing so.

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Here is a trick with braids or super lines. If you have two or more reals of line transfer line from one to the other, that way the "exposed" and warn line is connected to the backing and you are using the untouched stuff at your bait. I try to change my super lines every 2 to 3 years depending on my usage. I know how expensive that can get though so look at your line and check you pockets for some spare change.

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tunrda, I and several others I know really like iron silk also. One of the best low memory mono's I have ever used. Check out the thread on the equipment forum. They are all trashing the stuff as bad line. I like it for jigging and my bobber rods. I use the solar green. I like to put it on my kids rods so I can see whats going on when they are fighting a fish.

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Gizmoguy, i agree! it really is a great jigging line. the line debate is like agruing Chevy Vs. Ford! i don't make a dang bit of difference.

Thanks Guys!!

Opie

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Thanks and it is a great jigging line! the line debate is just like having a Chevy Vs. Ford Debate! it just aint worth it.

take care,

Opie

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What pound test do you guys use while jigging for walleyes? I am an 8lbs test believer, but everyone looks at me like I am crazy. Then again there are a few fish on my wall that would disagree.

I also tried fireline for jigging, but I hated it. I actually stopped and took off my spool and put on my backup. Anyone else feel same/differently?

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If I use mono I use 6# MagnaThin. But for about 5 years I have been using 10/2 Power Pro. Awesome, especially in deep water.

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I use 6 pound Iron Silk. i really love it. What LB's are you using for lindy's?

Opie

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For cast/retrive jigging I use 6# Iron silk in solar green color. 8# works too. You can control, to a point, the drop speed of the jig by increasing line diameter. The bright visable line allows you to see strikes you can't feel. I use fireline or powerpro for virtical jigging. The smaller diameter gives you more control in current and you can feel everything. For lindy's I use fireline/powerpro for the main line. 10-14# test, then a flourocarbon leader. Usually 6#

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Gizmoguy,

I have not heard of using fire line on the Lindy. i assumed it was a little heavy? the sensitivity must be better though? i have used it jigging on occasion. however, not a good idea fishing a lot of rocks!

Opie

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It has the diameter of 4-6# test. And much increased sensitivity. Easier to feel changes in bottom content and light bites. You can even feel when the main line bumps a fish.

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I'll give it a try! why the heck not? i spent the entire evening last night cleaning my rods and striping my spools. some one needs to build a better mouse trap for that duty!

Opie

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Power Pro or Fireline? Which is better?

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Both are good. For the heavier tests I prefer Powerpro because it is rounder and less stiff. For lighter tests fireline is good because you can't notice the flat shape it can have. I use both.

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Power Pro. Lasts longer, doesn't fray, and is a little stronger per diameter of line.

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Ok, another one just came out Rapala now has three braids. frankly is there a huge difference between them all? Come on now. The Sufix i put on sure is smooth!!

Opie

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