How Long Does Fishing Line Last? Top 4 Fishing Lines and Care Tips

About the question of how long does fishing line last? For me, it depends on how you take care of it or maybe how you use it. When it comes to fishing, your fishing tools are your main partner.

So, you will be the one responsible for it. I love fishing, and catching a fish is a feeling of great achievement I have a day. But I never had an idea about any kinds of fishing line before as well as how to care for it.

For me, as long as I have a line, I don’t care about the name, I just go fishing because I wanted to fish. But I think I did the right thing of keeping my tools in my room after using it.

How Long Does Fishing Line Last?

There are many kinds of fishing line in the market. Different kinds of different strategies and styles to use. As we proceed below, we are going to tackle about this top four best quality fishing lines that are already out on the market today.

1. Monofilament

Next to Braided line, is the Monofilament line that has many ideal properties that are not present in the braided line.

Characteristics of the Monofilament
  • Monofilament consists of only a single strand which makes it very light. And because of its lightness, it is easy to throw and sink into the water deeper and deeper.
  • Monofilament knot is also high that even after a whole hard day of using it is still easy to tight. It is also elastic even under massive bass without breakage.
  • Monofilament also has a weakness, because of its elasticity, you put forcefully on pulling when you something on your bait. And light touches is even harder to feel. Due to this, it is expected that if you are using this line, you need to replace it yearly.

2. Fluorocarbon

Fluorocarbon has been released in the market earlier than the monofilament lines. This line also has excellent properties that monofilament does not have.

Fluorocarbon Fishing Line
Characteristics of Fluorocarbon
  • Fluorocarbon line is more substantial than the monofilament lines. Its buoyancy is an advantage, as it can sink faster compared to monofilament. It has bigger chance to catch more fish because it sinks faster.
  • Fluorocarbon is transparent which in return is unnoticeable to the bass below.
  • Fluorocarbon is stronger and can set its hook faster.
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    Fluorocarbon also has the weakness. It has the weaker strength on its knots than monofilament which is also a bit expensive.

3. Braided

Among all these lines, braided was the first fishing line released in the market.

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Characteristics of a Braided line
  • It was made of many lines woven together that gives its powerful strength compared to the others who only have single strands.
  • It is also composed of artificial materials, and if those lines above were to be combined, it would result in the Braided line.
  • It has less elasticity owing to being tied together. It is also termed as the “superline.”
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    Like the other lines, Braided also has its drawback. This line is very visible when placed underwater, and it needs to have special care because it has its slippery knots like the fluorocarbon.

4. Nanofil

Among all these lines, braided was the first fishing line released in the market. I would also want to introduce this newest line that comes out of the market today which is called the Nanofil line. I am also new to this line, so together let’s discover the characteristic of this newcomer.

Characteristic of Nanofil

Nanofil has similar strength as the Braided line. So this means it is also stronger, but it is only made to have a single line just like monofilament. 

  • It has less elasticity owing to being tied together. It is also termed as the “superline.”

Fishing Line Care Tips

When it comes to the fishing line, everyone knows that it is the most critical instrument among all your fishing tools. It needs an exceptional care especially during the times you feel having a catch.

It was never an easy feeling breaking your catch. That is why I wrote here tips on how to take good care of your fishing line.

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  • Take time in tying your bait – Baits scrapes your reel, especially during rush times. Baits excavate and blemish in your reel which can endanger the fishing line. Next time do not tie your lures on your reel while you are in a hurry. Tying baits needs extra time so it slow to avoid scratches.
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    Check your nicks often – When fishing is so exciting that we often forget to check our tools, mainly if the line been used many times and we forget to check on those little scratch. There will be a tendency that we will lose our catch by the time big fishes came to bite. 
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    So next time, after every fish we must check on our lines to see if there will be something needed to fix to avoid breakage.
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    Wet knots before tying – Many anglers are just tying and tying new knots without even thinking to wet it before doing so. They tie knots so fast which may cause friction that may break down the line. 
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    Thus, the next time you tie your knots make sure to avoid twisting or may be overlapping. Just pull it carefully and slowly and to always wet the line before retying.
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    Do not store on heat – heat harms the fishing line if it is stored there for a long time. This could lessen the strength of the line and could cause more breakouts. Keep it in mind do not store your lines in the sun. Keep it in a cool place to prolong its fishing life.
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    Change your line – Braided fishing line doesn’t need to be changed as often as the other lines. But, you still have to check your lines because it does not last forever. Many factors can affect your line, so you need to check on it so that you will know when you needed to change it.
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    Cut off weak line - Catching fishes can harm your fishing lines, they will rub it on hard any structures like woods, stones or may be your boat. You need to check on it and if you found weak ones, cut it and re-tie again.
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    Clean your line - Cleaning your fishing line is not sufficient. After all those clean-ups, make sure to coat it with polish or wax. This will protect your line from direct heat and dirt and scratches as well.


I hope you’ve found what you need after reading through. In fact, the Braided line has the best line among others, being the oldest is also the strongest line anglers should have. Though Braided is very visible to the bass, there are also other lines that are also strong, but better to be sure, use the strongest.

On taking care of your fishing lines, apparently, your fishing lines can be harmed by many factors like heat, moisture, and even wrong storage. I hope you will keep in mind to store your line in the right location. It is also necessary to check your lines for defects, wrinkles, and imperfections then before using and storing it.

If you have some additional things that you would want to share, please feel free to leave a comment below. 

John Morris

Hi, I’m John Morris. I’m an avid outdoorsman and fisherman, blessed with an awesome wife and 2 kids. Fishing is not my passion, it is my lifestyle. I fished before I knew how to walk! I’m obsessed with all things related to fishing, even the fishy smell. I’m always willing to extend a hand to novice anglers looking for fishing tips and tricks thus I created this blog. This blog is a collection of my experiences, knowledge, and also research from other blogs.

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