One of things that we far too often is ice fishermen skimping on their line! At one point or another, you’ve probably heard someone say the classic saying, “Line is the most direct link between you and the fish.” Well, that is very true in many respects.
A spool of line is going to cost you a lot less than a scoop of minnows or maybe even your gas to get out to the lake, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less important. That just means it’s an even smarter investment from a “bang-for-your-buck” standpoint.
There are a few things you can do to help determine whether or not you need new line. One thing Joel does is run it between his fingers. If it feels clean and smooth, you’re probably good. But if it feel gritty or sandy, you’re due for a re-spooling.
The wear-and-tear your line receives throughout the year not only makes it more prone to breakage, but also causes it to coil up and have all kinds of memory issues. Ice fishermen use small reels with tiny little spools, and the longer you wait to re-spool your line, the more issues you’re going to have with memory.
That is why Joel HIGHLY recommends re-spooling your ice reels every year. It will make life much easier and more enjoyable for you this winter.
The video above contains a great demonstration on the proper way to re-spool your ice fishing reels.
Hope this helps!
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