How often do you change your Braid fishing line?

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Since there has been several discussion on Braid fishing line, types, strands, and brands, I always wondered how long it will last? I know some people wash their brain annually and even reverse it on their reels. While other only rinse it off. I know some just strip off the top 100 yard and splice fresh braid on. So without any nicks, or damage, how long will it really last. Especially for those who may fish less than 30 days a year? And do you strip the entire reel and spend the $ on new braid or just splice?
 
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I am no expert but for me it depends on the condition of the spectra, not the age. Once my spectra starts to fade and I have a few years out of it I will flip it on the spool. The spectra spooled on the bottom is like new condition once its on top. This works for me, I have reels with power pro on them over ten years as my heavy stuff is not used and abused like my 40lb gear and under.
 
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I am no expert but for me it depends on the condition of the spectra, not the age. Once my spectra starts to fade and I have a few years out of it I will flip it on the spool. The spectra spooled on the bottom is like new condition once its on top. This works for me, I have reels with power pro on them over ten years as my heavy stuff is not used and abused like my 40lb gear and under.

That's smart!
 
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take an extra spool and drill a bunch of 5/16 holes in it wind braid on it and set in toilet tank for a few day take it out and set on the self to air dry not in the sun works for me
 
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Since there has been several discussion on Braid fishing line, types, strands, and brands, I always wondered how long it will last? I know some people wash their brain annually and even reverse it on their reels. While other only rinse it off. I know some just strip off the top 100 yard and splice fresh braid on. So without any nicks, or damage, how long will it really last. Especially for those who may fish less than 30 days a year? And do you strip the entire reel and spend the $ on new braid or just splice?

No nicks or damage no worries. Even faded power pro is fine. I don't use much power pro but on the few reels that have it I prefer when it fades some. If it's really taken a beating, feels weak, breaks easily, is frayed, then strip off the top 100-200 yards and splice on new stuff. Clean it, dry it, don't let it mildew.
 
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well most would say out of sight out of mind...LOL... never.... I use solid, if you use hollow they say you need to wash it once a year or it will start to smell bad...
when I replace my top shots I will run off 5 / 10 yards or so and inspect and cut that off and retie my top shot....
 
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    I have a couple of old dinosaur reels that I keep just for moving braid around among my newer reels as I feel like it. Like several have mentioned, solid braid that is freshwater-rinsed as you are cleaning your reels after a trip doesn't seem to age at all. A lot of mine is approaching a decade and still as good as new. When I get cut off a couple of times and I feel that I don't have the total length that I want any more on that reel, I move the braid to a smaller spool and re-spool with new. I'm sure that splicing in a new length works fine for some people, but I am not comfortable with the idea of connecting braid together and then playing tug-of-war with a mean fish that I just spent many hundreds of dollars to go look for. There are way more things that I blow money on that I can economize about if I really need to . . .fishing line is not one of them.
     
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    screamingreel

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    I have some spectra that is over 12 years old. Spectra is relatively inert. I believe spectra can last over 10 years if cared for properly. Abrasion kills it. I use hollow spectra exclusively from 60 lbs. to 200 lbs. It is really smooth to the touch. I run the line through my fingers and it is easy to feel a rough spot. I remove the bad piece and inline splice a new piece.

    If there are many bad spots due to boat rubbing/fish/other lines/tangles etc., I will replace a larger section. I also change the last 30'-60' after a large fish if it was a tough battle. So the short answer is "it depends".

    In summary, change it when you feel it should be changed...

    - Jeff Burroughs
     
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    Rodless_Jim

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    I confess that I worry about this some. I don't think I have ever changed any of the spectra on any of my cow reels. I have my reels serviced every year, and that includes having the line removed, washed, checked, and re-spooled. My obsessive question when I get the reels back is "how does the spectra look?" The answer is always "like new."

    The one thing I do is replace the top 50-100 yards.

    I have only had my spectra break (as opposed to being cut) once on a cow reel. But...

    1. That was on a reel I bought used with the spectra already on it
    2. We were at Clarion, and the birds kept getting caught in the line (it was a kite reel)

    On that occasion, the reel also "failed," as it wouldn't go into low gear. I had the fish...seemed like a good one...about 40 yards from the boat when the spectra just popped. I can't swear to the quality of the line when I bought it, or if the line was badly damaged with birds getting trapped in it. In any case, I don't have that reel anymore, and all the reels I do have I bought new and professionally spooled. Since then I do what I can to make sure the spectra is in good condition, as I have already said. Some has been in use for 8 years now. As best I can tell, my spectra is in great shape, and doesn't need changing.

    But even so, I suppose I will always have that tiny, nagging doubt. Problem is, if I re-spooled the reels, the line wouldn't be any better (as far as I or the guy who services my reels can tell) than the line that's already on the reels.

    It's a great question; I'm sorry I don't have a better answer. The philosophical approach I follow is if I can't see or feel a flaw, and if the line looks good and feels good, it is good. And if I feel any flaw or abrasion, I cut out that spot and splice on more. I think that's the best you can do. Pay attention, and don't hesitate to cut out anything at all that feels iffy.
     
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    Bill W

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    In the monofilament stage of my fishing, on albacore trips, I would change my line every night on my 15# outfit and 25# gets changed every trip. I attributed success in getting bit to fresh line and line strength. Whole different ball game now. Where mono stretches and degrades, PE lines do not. Superbraids are ultraviolet resistant and water repellent, which dacron and monofilament was not.

    As long as I do not see or feel damage to the line... if it is not broke, don't fix it. Until proven wrong I think I will leave that line on the reel. Fits my KISS mentality.
     
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    DH10

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    As noted, braid will not deteriorate or rot, but needs to be replaced based on how worn/nicked up it is.
    There are no truly strong connections for tying braid to braid (talking solid braid, not hollow splicing). Better off replacing the whole thing if the section of line in good condition is starting to get short.....
     
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    Steve K

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    Hmm, I have some braid to inspect, possibly to replace. Very hard to inspect 100 yards of braid, but I'm gonna do it. Best way for me is to let it out behind my boat on an uncrowded fishing day on one of the lakes up here in the Sierras. I've done that before and it rinses out the salt, provides me with an opportunity to inspect the spool for corrosion and with the boat moving 4-5 mph, it packs on pretty tight.

    One time, when mine was the only boat on the lake, I had 500 yards in the water and a boat came around the corner, just launched and hauling ass for the back end of the lake. I had to wave him off as he was rapidly coming up my six. Crazy
     
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    fighingrjo

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    I don't change the braid unless it is damaged. I've got an original boss 870 (bought new) that has had the same power pro on it since i originally bought it. The moss green might be considered sage green for the top 100 yards or so.
     
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    caveman

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    I've always used hollow JB. It was the the most recommended to me when I first started to switch from mono, and stuck with it as it worked. I wash it every trip with the Swifty line spools in the toilet, let it dry, and the flip it before respooling. As I wind it back on I look for nicks etc. and splice as needed. Perhaps luck, but never had a Spectra failure. Some of it is at least 10 years old. I don't think the Swifty line winders/washer spools are made any more, but Mike Morris' homemade version as mentioned above would work great and be much cheaper! The other reason I do mine each trip is to inspect the reel, put a coat of wax on the spool, etc. The wife says I'm neurotic about maintenance, I call it cheap insurance.
     
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    Josa1

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    The spectra on my reels doesn't get a lot of action, for my big reels I'm down to one 16 day trip a year. I fish my smaller reels a little more frequently. I have never changed the spectra on my reels but as I've upgraded to newer reels they generally get new spectra at time of purchase.
    I use an AVET 80 for a kite reel and it has around 900 yards of 200 pound hollow spectra on it. Today on Charkbait 500 yards of 200 pound Izorline hollow spectra goes for $183.75 and 1000 yards of 200 pound Izorline hollow spectra goes for $360.50 and there would be taxes and shipping on top of that. I won't be changing that very often! These prices give a lot of incentive to making the splicing repairs, cleaning, flipping etc. needed to keep the spectra in good shape.
    Here is my technique......
    At the conclusion of each trip I wind the spectra through a damp cloth onto an empty line spool using my home made line stripper. I don't believe the spectra absorbs any water so any salt will lay on top of the spectra and the damp cloth removes the salt. My effort at reel service then includes cleaning the spool thoroughly and applying a coat of carnuba wax along with dismantling, cleaning and relubing the reel.
    When reel service is complete I mount the spool of spectra on my home made tensioning device and wind the spectra back on to the reel manually. During this process I can look, and feel, every inch of it. If I run into a bad spot I take whatever steps might be necessary to correct it.
    I've seen a lot of damage on reel spools where the spectra hasn't been removed. The salt on the spectra will eat the spool up. This is especially true if some one has put tape on the spool arbor to keep the spectra from slipping and never thinks to remove the tape and clean the arbor.
    Attached pictures show damaged spools caused by poor maintenance..
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    Bill W

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    Wonder if Makaira reels have corrosion issues? I think they have the best anodized reels on the market. Seen Penn and Avets with external corrosion.
     
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    big dog62

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    Everyone has different ideas on just about everything pertaining to fishing. I once removed the spectra off of one of my reels to clean, (intent on removing line off all reels used on an 8day), Never made it past the first reel, to much work. The following trip (5day, 6 months later) the braid on the reel l cleaned failed, the rest were fine. WTF, l was later told by an "old salt" that unless the line was respooled completely DRY, it will rot absent the salt. So, why doesn't braid in freshwater applications rot? Even though usually considerably lighter, it seldom gets wet past the first 150' allowing the top layers to air dry. It's the moisture deep in your spool that tends to rot. JMO
     
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    Josa1

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    I bought new 130 braid for my Mak 30 (replacing 100 pound). On the first fish I caught on the new line it broke. As they say, stuff happens. I believe this had to be just a bad spot in the spectra.
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    bkaz

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    Any suggestions on what type of knot to splice 65 lb. to 65 lb. braided line to braided line? I'm thinking of a uni to unit knot.
     
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