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#11419758 - 02/17/16 08:56 AM mono-how old?
texsam Offline

Registered: 11/04/13
Posts: 275
Loc: cedarcreek tx.
I have several spools [ onne half to five pounds] in my garage. no direct sun light.4 to 8 years old. I am anal about the rods I fish but I keep many rods at the lake house for guests.anything from brim to blues.
What would you do, THANK ' IN ADVANCE.

#11419983 - 02/17/16 10:16 AM Re: mono-how old? [Re: texsam]
2strike Offline

Registered: 06/06/08
Posts: 169
Loc: Sanger,TX
I was told if you tie a overhand knot in it and pull if it holds its good if not throw it away.
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#11420685 - 02/17/16 02:19 PM Re: mono-how old? [Re: texsam]
phototex Offline
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Registered: 02/13/14
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Loc: Coppell, TX
I'm still using some big spools of original Blue Stren mono in 8#, 12#, 17#, and 20# that I bought in the 1970s. Still good and strong.
PB: 10-01 on a Ribbit frog

#11420857 - 02/17/16 03:47 PM Re: mono-how old? [Re: texsam]
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If fishing tourneys it's cheap enough to replace. If not then i wouldn't worry about it
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#11420890 - 02/17/16 04:04 PM Re: mono-how old? [Re: texsam]
Capt Craig Offline
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if when you unroll about 6' and it has any spring-like spiral appearance, get rid of it.
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#11420934 - 02/17/16 04:22 PM Re: mono-how old? [Re: texsam]
Mo Offline
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Registered: 10/08/01
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Loc: Lake Palestine/Cherokee co
Heat is no friend of mono. Light weight line will go bad quick.
If it is less than 15 lbs , I would toss it.

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#11420977 - 02/17/16 04:46 PM Re: mono-how old? [Re: texsam]
Clouser Offline

Registered: 01/10/16
Posts: 227
I agree.

#11421040 - 02/17/16 05:21 PM Re: mono-how old? [Re: phototex]
bassmastah Offline

Registered: 06/22/12
Posts: 39
My buddy gave me a couple of spools of spider wire stealth braid that have dust on package. I was thinking it's to old...any thoughts on braid??

#11421043 - 02/17/16 05:24 PM Re: mono-how old? [Re: texsam]
BlaiseWeimer Offline

Registered: 02/10/15
Posts: 477
Loc: Coppell, Texas
The braid will be fine

#11421058 - 02/17/16 05:32 PM Re: mono-how old? [Re: texsam]
bassmastah Offline

Registered: 06/22/12
Posts: 39
I kinda think the same thing but getting ready to head to Falcon hammer

#11422020 - 02/18/16 06:09 AM Re: mono-how old? [Re: 2strike]
kickingback Offline
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Registered: 08/13/13
Posts: 887
Loc: Texas
Originally Posted By: 2strike
I was told if you tie a overhand knot in it and pull if it holds its good if not throw it away.

Basically you cannot tell how bad a line is until you put a stress in it like tying a knot and checking the tension break at the knot.
Most lines are rated at or just above the rated pound strength. When you tie a knot or put in kind of bend in the line then the line will more than likely fail at or near the point of line change. A knot drops the line pound rating by 10-20% at the knot or "twist" of the line into the knot.
For instance if you fish with 20 lb test the line will probably hold 20-24 lbs. But if you scrape or damage the line or a fish nicks it it will break at the abrasion point. We all know that. When you put a knot in the line the knot now goes from 20-24 lbs to 16-20 lbs.

2 strke is correct. tie a knot and pull hard to see if it breaks. Test with new line to get a feel for how much it takes to break.
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