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I have once again gone back to trilene XT for the majority of my fishing line. I like the new formula. My only problem is that I can no longer find the date it was manufactured like on the old spools. Any ideas where it is located or how to find out when it was manufactured?

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As a recreational fisherman I don't feel the need to change my line yearly, so I opt for every two years.  But when I buy, I buy from a on-line source like TW or BP where I know they have a quick turnover in stock, that way I feel I'm getting the freshest line I can get.  Otherwise, I have no idea how long the line has been on the shelf at local shops; where I have seen line with dust on the boxes.   I also never buy the large spools because I just can't use the line up fast enough.

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For what it is worth, I am still using BPS Excel 20lb mono line from a jumbo spool I bought 14 years ago this summer and it works just fine.  It hangs in its box on the peg board over my fishing bench in the basement.  I use it for plastic swimbaits.

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For what it is worth, I am still using BPS Excel 20lb mono line from a jumbo spool I bought 14 years ago this summer and it works just fine.  It hangs in its box on the peg board over my fishing bench in the basement.  I use it for plastic swimbaits.

 

14 years ! ?   :surprised-038: And it hasn't dried out?

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there are a few line company's that put the date that it was made on the back label by the bar code! It is small print so have your eye glass with you or have 20/20.

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14 years ! ?   :surprised-038: And it hasn't dried out?

I have a friend still using line from bulk spool bought over 20 years ago.  Since it's 20# and he's catching 30# fish on it, doesn't seem to be a problem.

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I have a friend still using line from bulk spool bought over 20 years ago.  Since it's 20# and he's catching 30# fish on it, doesn't seem to be a problem.

 

Why would that mean anything? I've caught a 25.2 and a 26# carp on 4# ultra light before. 20# line gone to crap would certainly land a 30# fish. 

 

The lines that were on the market 14 years ago have improved so much by now that I don't know why anyone would still be using the old stock. Its not that expensive to replace your line stock every 5 years. 

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I know from personal experience working in retail that some line will sit there for a long time!  With that being said I saw a video of Aaron Martens explaining how he stores his extra line and that he believes it will last a lifetime pretty much.  

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