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Is that line "fresh"?

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That time of year when I start thinking about putting new line on reels. Seems like lots of places from reg.  stores to online places to sportshows have great deals on line right now, but, how can you tell if what you're getting is new or clearance junk from 5 yr. old inventory?  I realize the labels can indicate part of this, since much is "New and Improved" every couple years, but is there a code on the box or spool to indicate yr.  of manufacture?  Seems important regarding mono, at least, since we usually don't know the storage conditions, etc.  Just hate to put on new stuff that might be older than what was on the reels last year.  I know some will just say put on superline on all reels ,  but not convinced of  that yet.  Any thoughts?

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I'll put my 2 cents in! I have not heard of any way to tell age of line when buying. It's a dump shoot! I get more concerned about how it was stored. ( still you don't know for sure) I have mono that is 7-9 years old, that I would still trust, BUT! I keep it stored in the basement and away from sun light. I don't use mono much any more. Had to go to braid for most things due to shoulder problems. I suggest buying a name brand, and feeling good about it, You can get a bad spool with any of them, but VERY seldom!( I've had a bad in braid and mono, but only once with each, and I go thru slot of line ) Mono is fairly cheap,( compared to braid and flouro) and you will know right away. Hope this helps in trusting your line.

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Thanks for the input.  I, too, try to store line in a good environment for it.  But, I was just curious if I'd missed a mfr. date on the packages.  Will continue to buy good line and hope for the best.  Getting anxious for the opener.

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