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Recently we have inherited a large amount of high end fishing equipment. I am now going through boxes of fishing line. When opening some of the packaging it looks like some of it is from the 90's all the way up to last year. Does fishing line expire, or go bad?

 

Most of the line is Fluorocarbon. Looks to be soecifically Sunline brands such as Shooter, Sniper, Machine Gun, and others brands like Spiderwire/PowerPro braids. 

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Neither braid nor FC "expire" since they are impervious to what usually destroys other fishing line like nylon, which if not kept under the right storing conditions can degrade, excessive dryness, exposure to ozone or to direct  ( UV light ) for extended periods of time causes nylon to become brittle and stiff.

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Yesterday I tested some 20 yr old pline fluoroclear - it's been laying in boats or cabinets for years - still 8# break strength - never been in the sun.

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Some old line I have is brittle and will snap. Make sure to test it!

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Depends on how it was kept. Best if kept out of sun or excessive heat.

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3 hours ago, Raul said:

Neither braid nor FC "expire" since they are impervious to what usually destroys other fishing line like nylon, which if not kept under the right storing conditions can degrade, excessive dryness, exposure to ozone or to direct  ( UV light ) for extended periods of time causes nylon to become brittle and stiff.

Do I need a humidor for my mono now?😁

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It has been stored in a Rubbermaid container in a temperature controlled house. 

 

How do you test break strength? Above someone stated they tested their 8lbs and it broke at 8. Thanks everyone. Much appreciated. 

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Use a fishing scale👍

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Welcome aboard, @NashLouie!

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Who ever owned the tackle and line more than likely took proper care of it. Storing FC line is simple kept in original boxes and out of high heat, braid is almost indistructable regarding shelf life. 

Tom

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Thanks Tom. The fishing tackle along with the boat was very well taken care of. He definitely took pride in his fishing equipment. Just need time to go through it all. Wish I knew a fraction of what he did. 

 

Thanks everyone for the help, and taking the time to welcome me.

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Make a list of the rods and reels and maybe we can offer suggestions what to use for various presentations. A very close freind of mine passed and the family liquidated everything before contacting his fishing buddies, custom jig molds and swimbaits it made me sick to learn about it after everything was gone.

Tom

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Saw a tip on an old hank Parker show to use a cooler to store line. I still store all my line in an old stirofoam cooler. Works great. 

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1 hour ago, WRB said:

Make a list of the rods and reels and maybe we can offer suggestions what to use for various presentations. A very close freind of mine passed and the family liquidated everything before contacting his fishing buddies, custom jig molds and swimbaits it made me sick to learn about it after everything was gone.

Tom

The family did the complete opposite. They want the tackle/gear to stay in the family. He recreated a bait with his father a while back, and sold them for a while. We haven't started going through all of that stuff yet. Just trying to organize the loose lures, and all of the packages of worms/line. Once we get to the rods and reels I will post them. I know there are a lot of Megabass and Gloomis rods. Expensive stuff when new, but been around a while. Mostly Daiwa reels. Looked like maybe 20-30 of the same reel in particular which was peculiar. 

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I still use some mono from the late 70's with absolutely no problems...it all depends on how it was stored.

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All my line is in boxes, out of the sun, kept in the dark like a mushroom. I have noticed that braid can dryout over time but I don't use it that much.

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On 10/9/2017 at 8:06 PM, WRB said:

Make a list of the rods and reels and maybe we can offer suggestions what to use for various presentations. A very close freind of mine passed and the family liquidated everything before contacting his fishing buddies, custom jig molds and swimbaits it made me sick to learn about it after everything was gone.

Tom

Hello Tom,

 

ANY INFO IS APPRECIATED!

 

Finished up sorting zipper soft baits tonight, and checked the rods. 

 

Here is the first batch I have started looking at. Rods

 

Baitcaster

Gloomis GLX FSR 905X 7'6" hvy fst

Megabass F4-610XDti Elseil 6'10"

Gloomis GL3 FSR904X 7'6" HVY mod-fst

Gloomis MBR783C 6'6" MD/HV Fast

Lew's Custom Speed Stick LMHC 7'6" HVY FST 

Megabass F7-72X 7'2"

Megabass F4-70T 7'0"

 

Spinning

Daiwa TD-X 6101MLFS-C 6'10" Med/Lght

 

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