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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

• What to do with spare line

With my recent spooling tip post, I thought I'd throw out a few more ideas for what to do with spare line. We can accumulate spare line from a variety of places. When we spool up reels, sometimes we have a little extra left over. When we change line, some of it may still be perfectly fine deeper in the spool. Whatever the reason, I'm going to give you some ideas for what to do with it.

I could write all day about all the ways you can use extra fishing line, but this post is strictly about using extra line for fishing purposes. This isn't Arts & Crafts class.

You can use it for the spooling tip I published a few days ago. That only requires a small section of line.

Most anglers will tell you to use spare line for leaders. Spare line is great for Carolina rig leaders. I occasionally have pre-rigged weighted Texas rigged plastics ready to go too. A Donkey rig is another rig you can use spare line to set up.

If you're taking line off of a reel, consider putting the same line back on in the opposite direction to get more life out of the same stretch of line. The line deeper in the spool has likely not suffered any damage or could be less damaged from use or the elements.

When skirt bands break on spinnerbaits or jigs, using spare line to secure the skirt in place works fairly well. I tend to tie a loop with a few knots just below the band as soon as I take it out of the package. I don't wait for the band to break before securing the skirt this way.

You can also use spare line for backing on baitcasting reels as filler. If you use braid or fluorocarbon, keep that in mind to save line and money.

Keep a batch of spare line handy if you want to practice knot tying. In the off-season, it's a good idea to keep your skills fine tuned. It's also a good idea if you're trying to learn how to tie a new knot you've never used before.

I'm sure there's some way to use it for lure storage, but I haven't figured it out yet.


Arizona Fishing said...

Thanks for the tip. I alway save some for my catfish floats. I seem to always try and get the very last inch of line on my spin cast for all the snags I've been getting lately.

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