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Jun 20, 2021 13:52:13   #
FS Digest
 
I have around 22 year old line and tried to cast and couldn't cast more than 8 feet. Could the line have lost its properties?

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by Ram_1979

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Jun 20, 2021 14:42:55   #
Spiritof27 Loc: Lincoln, CA
 
You think?

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Jun 20, 2021 16:44:54   #
Robert J Samples Loc: Houston TX
 
Well, it certainly sounds as if your line has gone bad. Why not strip off a dozen yards or so and see if it has rotted, or in come fashion gone bad? I am not a fly fisherman, so do not have a grasp on those type lines. When I was an active lure fisherman with either spinning or bait casting, I changed mu likes every season. Just Sayin...RJS

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Jun 20, 2021 18:57:36   #
OJdidit Loc: Oak Creek Wisconsin
 
Would it help to clean it through a rag as you strip it off by hand? Could it have oxidation on it to prevent it from proper use? Is there a way to condition it while re-spooling? As you can tell, I am not a devoted fly fisherman.

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Jun 20, 2021 21:03:09   #
flyguy Loc: So. Padre Island, TX. 1 & 2, & S.E. MN. 3-12
 
FS Digest wrote:
I have around 22 year old line and tried to cast and couldn't cast more than 8 feet. Could the line have lost its properties?

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by Ram_1979


Yep!

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Jun 21, 2021 14:23:50   #
Knee-deep Loc: Oregon
 
The only other thing I could think of would be . If your line weight doesn't match your rod weight you will have the same problem, but bad line is for sure an issue after 22 years.

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Jun 21, 2021 16:10:47   #
Tommy G Loc: Colonial Beach VA.
 
FS Digest wrote:
I have around 22 year old line and tried to cast and couldn't cast more than 8 feet. Could the line have lost its properties?

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by Ram_1979


It will get all full of cracks if not conditioned or cleaned over the years... Strip it off the reel and clean it with a mild soap solution and dry it then rub it with a rag saturated with armor all then use a dry rag to wipe it again!! If it's cracked up toss it and buy new!! Make sure the weight of the line matches the rod!! The weight should be painted on the rod near the butt!! Hope this helps...Tight lines from Virginia!!

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Jun 22, 2021 05:29:59   #
bill wood Loc: mass
 
try cleaning the line take it of the reel and soak in in dish water detergent let it soak for about one hour have the water warm then take it out and take a clean cloth and run it true the cloth ime i would put on some armrall the stuff you put on your tires to get them clean will make the line shoot easer true the eyes good luck

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