How to Condition a Fluorocarbon Fishing Line

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Proper fluorocarbon line treatment starts when you first spool the new line onto your reel. Fluorocarbon line is a fast-sinking fishing line, almost twice as dense as mono, with a lesser tendency to stretch, giving anglers a more sensitive tactile connection to deep-diving lures. When a fish bites, the lack of stretch allows a stronger, more immediate hook set. However, this stiffness makes fluorocarbon line more brittle than mono, so anglers must take special care to make their line last.

Things You'll Need

  • Fishing line lubricant (such as Real Magic)
  • Towel
  • Fishing reel
  • Scissors or clippers

Treating Fluorocarbon Line with Lubricant

  • Tie the end of the new fluorocarbon line onto your reel using an arbor knot (see resources).

  • Soak a towel in a line lubricant, such as Real Magic.

  • Wrap the towel around the section of line between the spool it came on, and the reel.

  • Wind the line onto the fishing reel, allowing its entire length to pass through the lubricant-soaked towel. Stop reeling and cut the line when your reel is filled (leave at least 1/8 inch of free space between the line and the lip of the reel).

  • Give the line an additional dose of lubricant before each fishing trip. Spray the reel with lubricant before leaving home allow it to soak in as you drive to your destination.

Tips & Warnings

  • When spooling new line onto a reel, make sure it goes onto the reel in the same spiral direction that it comes off the original spool, in order to avoid line looping and tangles.
  • As with any fishing line, do not allow fluorocarbon line to sit for long periods in direct sunlight or in a hot car.

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