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I had planned on going up to Lake Champlain in early November. All my rigs were set and ready to go, but the trip was canceled due to bad weather. I respooled some of my reels for that trip. Should I respool for the first outing this spring? Some of that flourocarbon gets expensive. If I chose not to respool, what are some suggestions to make sure my line is in good shape for the spring. I would hate to have some early spring break-offs b/c of bad line.

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Just treat the spools with KVD Line & Lure, and fish them in spring.

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Fluorocarbon will last indefinitely, but storage

results in a lot of coiling and memory. I suggest

trolling your line to straighten it out. You will

be good-to-go!

8-)

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Fluorocarbon will last indefinitely, but storage

results in a lot of coiling and memory. I suggest

trolling your line to straighten it out. You will

be good-to-go!

8-)

Excellent. What's the best way to troll your line out? For instance, do you use a float at the end of your line ? How far is far enough? Do you run it through a towel doused in conditioner when bringing it back in? Will other boat wakes affect this technique?

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No weight, let it all out, but not quite to the knot!

Troll a couple of minutes , then bring in half and

troll another minute. Reel in another half and troll

another minute.

I spray KVD Line & Lure Conditioner on the line after

every 20 cranks or so. If you can let it set for awhile,

the absorption will be better.

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in the past I have run the line through a towel.  Should I just spray the conditioner directly to the spool after 20 or so cranks?  Then let it be for the day? half a day? hour? 

thanks by the way for moving my thread. sorry about that - wasn't looking closely. 

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in the past I have run the line through a towel. Should I just spray the conditioner directly to the spool after 20 or so cranks? Then let it be for the day? half a day? hour?

thanks by the way for moving my thread. sorry about that - wasn't looking closely.

I do both.

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If mono hasn't been exposed to excessive UV or heat and hasn't been fished, it should be in the same state as a fresh line, except for the memory.  You can take the memory out by pulling a long cast's worth of line off the reel and stretching it moderately.  I keep fluorocarbon spooled until the level on the reel gets lower than I consider "OK" for casting efficiency.  It's unaffected by UV light, doesn't absorb water and will maintain it's physical qualities almost indefinitely.  I examine it carefully for damage and cut 6-8 ft off the end after fishing it to make sure it's all good.  I'll change it out if I've had a "professional overrun" and the line was kinked anywhere along its length.  But of course that never happens :;)

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Thanks for the info guys. Interesting tips to keep line quality. I normally re-spool every three months, but i'll try the conditioner!

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Tie one end to a fence or a tree walk backwards so that only your spool is covered and stretch the hell out of it. Youll be fine

good tip!.. i also do this, except i tie a swivel on to the end of it.. it unwinds and straightens out pretty good like this..

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