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How Often Do You Change Your Fluoro

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I searched and I couldn't find any posts relating to this question so I'm hoping it hasn't been asked a million times before but...

I'm still relatively new to fluorocarbon, I used it some last year and I was really happy with it and I'm planning on using a lot more this year. My question is, how often should I be changing my fluorocarbon? I compulsively (fishing OCD) change my monofilament every other trip but with the higher price of fluorocarbon I'm hesitant to change line as much. My problem is that I'm fishing tournaments pretty much every weekend for the next two months so should I be changing line before every tournament like I usually do or could it go without changing longer. My biggest concern is the tournaments so if I need to suck it up and change line frequently I will but if I can go a few trips without changing line I'd like to. What do you guys think?

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Fluorocarbon is much more resistant to degradation than mono.  I refill when it dips below about 1/4" below the full spool from retying.  Usually about once every 3-6 weeks, depending on how much use the rig gets.

As far as swapping out mono, your rigorous maintenance schedule is way overboard.  Use KVD Line & Lure Conditioner to get better life from your mono.  Incidentally, I don't really like mono until its been fished for about two hours.  i usually change it once a month.

The other option is to switch to a copolymer.  P-Line CXX X-Tuf and Yo-Zuri Hybrid are two off the top of my head that are better than just about any mono for bass fishing.  i opnly use mono for winter steelheading.

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Thanks for the reply, I'll definitely wait a little longer with the fluoro then. And I know my mono compulsiveness is 100% completely over-the-top unnecessary but like I said I have OCD when it comes to certain things, fishing line being one of them lol. Fresh line is just a confidence thing for me and even though I know its completely unnecessary to change it as much as I do I still feel better knowing that I'm using fresh line. It's just one of those things.  :(

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I know what you mean - I have fresh hook OCD.

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I change out mine every month or so. Unless I'm fishing really rocky conditions and it is getting scuffed up and grinded down on rocks non-stop.

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+1 on the KVD Line & Lure to keep from having to change it so often. The polymers in L&L actually bond to the line which strengthens it. As the line wears, the polymer coating wears off instead of the line. This will allow you to use that expensive flourocarbon line much longer. Of course, Line & Lure will also take out the memory so you won't have to replace it so often due to coiling. Just spray it on the night before so it has a chance to dry before use. That way, you'll get the full benefit. I think you'll find it makes using flouro. much more enjoyable.    

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I have read posters on other forums, who fish frequently say they leave their floro on until it is too low on the spool for them.  I believe one angler said his was on 3 months and finally got too low on the spool.  Floro is pretty sturdy stuff.

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When I run out, or when I'm about to get spooled by a fish. I.e., probably once a year.

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