Close Up View Of Reel And Fishing Line


Your fishing line may not have an expiration date, but that doesn’t mean that it will last forever. The lifespan will depend on how often you go fishing and how you store when not in use.


Different fishing lines have different shelf lives. Monofilament fishing lines are made of synthetic fibres and are vulnerable to saltwater, UV light and heat. If you’re always out fishing, there’s a chance that your monofilament line will experience significant wear and tear. Typically, bulk packs of monofilament line need replacing around every six months, but can last a year if well maintained.

As the name implies, a braided fishing line is made up of several strands of line that have been braided together. As such, it’s thicker and stronger than monofilament. Most are made of materials that are resistant to sunlight and UV. A bulk pack of braided line can last for two to three years at the most.

Fluorocarbon fishing line is also single-stranded like monofilament line. However, it’s made of a different type of plastic called polyvinylidene fluoride. It’s stronger and lasts longer than monofilament.

Fluorocarbon is the most expensive line, so it’s typically only used in certain situations. Without heavy use, fluorocarbon line should last around two years.

Despite the above, line lasts as long as you keep it, use it and how well you take care of it. Here are some surefire ways to get the most out of your fishing line, whatever the type.


If you want your fishing line to last longer, you have to make sure to clean it after use, and that means as soon as you get back from your trip. Otherwise, saltwater, dirt and other elements that are left on your fishing line will affect its coating. Use warm soapy water to wash and rise with cold tap water, as you do your reel and rod.


If you want to prolong the lifespan of your fishing line, you also can’t just leave it in your tackle box or anywhere else for that matter. Heat and sun exposure will definitely wear down your line much quicker than usual. Ideally, when not in use, fishing line should be stored indoors in a dark and cool area.


Using a conditioner provides an extra layer of protection to your fishing line. Line conditioner prevents natural elements from penetrating the core of your line while also preventing line memory and tangles.

Fishing line may not be the most expensive item on your tackle list but it certainly isn’t the cheapest. Get the most out of your fishing line with these tips.


Is there anything else that can help fishing line last longer other than not using it? Share your experience below.

Jackson Williams

Jackson Williams has been fishing around Australia for 20 years and loves his home region of far north Queensland.