shelf life of fluorocarbon ?

Discussion in 'Tackle and Rigging' started by MO1, Oct 19, 2006.

  1. MO1

    MO1 Member

    The spool of fluoro I recieved from cabellas yesterday seems shopworn, like it
    has laid around a warehouse for a while. Would you return it or use it ?

  2. fishingduck

    fishingduck Member

    from what I've gathered, if the florocarbo has clear color then it is still good to use. Once it become milky white then it is bad and should not be used.

  3. mcgolfer

    mcgolfer Guest

    even when it is milky it retains good strength but loses it some of its stealth qualities. that however is the reason you buy flourocarbon....rick
  4. TomS

    TomS Junior member

    I did some very unofficial testing a couple of winters ago. I had several spools of fluoro that were at least 3 years old, and testing them they broke at roughly 50% of their rated strength. As stated above, it had become opaque. Two year old stuff broke about 80%.

    Now whenever I buy a spool, I get a sharpie and write the month/year on it so I know exactly how old it is. If you aren't sure, just test it!

    -- Tom