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    Default Fly line life span

    I know with bait cast fishing you want to re-spool at least once a year more if you fish regularly and if your fishing line is exposed to a lot of UV rays. I know from the eyes on the rod, dirt, oils, and salts from your hands will cause some break down and wear on the line, among other variables.

    How often should I replace my fly line and backing?
    Kevin

    "In the school of the outdoors there never is a graduation day" - Jim Casada

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    Smile Re: Fly line life span

    Hi Smoky,

    To me, it depends on how often you use the line and importantly, how well you take care of the line.

    I tend to believe most people replace the line when it becomes cracked, absorbs water, or doesn't cast like it used to...or they want a new line.

    I've heard of the "400 hour rule", but I tend to believe on how often/how well you take care of the line.

    I've heard of 10 and 20 yr flylines still in use. I've also heard of flylines being replaced each year.

    You can shorten the lifespan of a flyline by stepping on it, wrapping it around logs, tree limbs, and the like.

    I have a SA "GPX" flyline that is 5 yrs old and still working nicely. I have occasionally stepped on it and tangled it in the rocks...even went in the mud a few times!

    Backing. I've never replaced my backing. I never had anything pull the entire flyline off the reel. I have one reel that is 7 yrs old...with the original backing.

    Cheers,

    Robert

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    Default Re: Fly line life span

    Quote Originally Posted by ncflyboy View Post
    Hi Smoky,

    I've heard of the "400 hour rule", but I tend to believe on how often/how well you take care of the line.

    I've heard of 10 and 20 yr flylines still in use. I've also heard of flylines being replaced each year.

    Cheers,

    Robert
    I have fly lines I know have long passed the 400 hour mark. I have some I have had for many years. You are right about the how well you take care of them. And I fish a real bunch.

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    Default Re: Fly line life span

    You should replace your fly line when you notice a drop in performance. If it is a floater, it should stay floating. If the line doesn't shoot as well, even after a good cleaning, you should replace it. I put over 100 fishing days on a Rio Grand over a two year period. It performed okay during its last days. When I put a new line on the rod, the rod cast like a new rod.

    Dennis

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    Default Re: Fly line life span

    I replace mine as soon as performance drops off such sinking on a floating line or as soon as it cracks.

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