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My rods have been sitting ,unused since last August. The line on them has maybe 3 months of use. I know because the line has been sitting,it has created alot of memory.The reels have been stored  out of the sun,so I doubt UV Rays have effected it.

So before I head out for the first time this year,would it be adviseable to strip the reel of all its line and respool,or would it suffice to just to peel off a certain amount and go for it.

Is there a way to revive the line so it doesnt have so much memory,or is it that when it gets this much memory,its done for?

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Anything but braid should definitely be re-spooled. Fresh line will behave much better, and you will not take the chance that is has been damaged by sun or temp.

I am assuming the line is something other than braid. Braid is a different animal. I don't have enough experience with it to comment.

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If the line is undamaged, release the spool (or open the bail) and walk it out a long way and let it sit. That will get rid of the memory.

Or strip half of the line off and respool. You won't get that far down during fishing, why fill the first half of the spool with new line ?

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Hmm...

I only respool "as needed". Your line didn't

get old after a few months on the reel. Brands

will vary, mine don't.

8-)

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I spool up fresh, but if you have to use it, hit it with some KVD Line & Lure.  When its dry, tie your line to a tree or fence and let out a casts worth of line.  Give it a few good stretches, reel up, give it another shot of KVD, and you'll be ready fish.  If you don't have time for that, a few hours of fishing usually resolves the memory.

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I used braid on all but a few reels that are technique specific (cranking, topwater). I actually prefer the qualities of braid after it's got at least 1 season on it. After several seasons I'll end for end it and the process starts all over again. Moral of the story ~ Braid gets better with age - like us.

;)

A-Jay

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I respool about 75 yards every 2-3 outings or every month.  Whichever comes first.

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Hmm...

I only respool "as needed". Your line didn't

get old after a few months on the reel. Brands

will vary, mine don't.

8-)

I agree. As long as there is no nicks or line damage, it should be fine. Remember that many times line sits in warehouses and the shelf for some months or years before you even buy it (sometimes), so a few more months on a reel should not be a problem.

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I respool after a long day on the water. Just not going to trust my line after it has been run through all the stuff we have in the water on our lakes around here.

So, yes, why take a chance, get it off the reels.

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I personally respool every few trips, especially if I've been fishing cover. Also like others mentioned, I remove maybe 1/4 to 1/2 of my line then put fresh line ontop of the old.

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Hmm...

I only respool "as needed". Your line didn't

get old after a few months on the reel. Brands

will vary, mine don't.

8-)

I agree. As long as there is no nicks or line damage, it should be fine. Remember that many times line sits in warehouses and the shelf for some months or years before you even buy it (sometimes), so a few more months on a reel should not be a problem.

I second what these two said.I've put on brand new line

and used it twice,cold weather ended my season(late NOV-early DEC). Only to bring the reel spooled with the same line and use it again in April when the season opened again.Absolutely no problems with it.

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Hmm...

I only respool "as needed". Your line didn't

get old after a few months on the reel. Brands

will vary, mine don't.

8-)

I agree. As long as there is no nicks or line damage, it should be fine. Remember that many times line sits in warehouses and the shelf for some months or years before you even buy it (sometimes), so a few more months on a reel should not be a problem.

This mention of line sitting on a store shelf somewhere REALLY makes ALOT of sense. Never even gave that much thought. Thanks for the thought provoking idea.

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Years ago I re spooled every spring and some times during the year. I don't fish T's and never did to a large degree so I'm not concerned with missing a check or trophy. My reels are either in my rod box or in a heated garage with no electric motors to produce ozone. The line only sees sunshine when the rig is on the deck.

I only re spool when I have shortened the line from nicks and break offs from snags to the point it adversely affects casting.

I can't recall the last time I had a fish break me off. I have had an occasional bite off from a toothy critter.

Now having said that if I was concerned about the integrity of the line I'd respool any time the doubt entered my mind. I'm a big believer that mental doubt causes poor catches than nearly anything else.

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