In PA we are getting ready for our Trout Season opener on March 31st (Regional) and State wide on April 14th. Some Anglers have been dormant all winter long. Either tying, resting or just sitting on the couch watching TV. For those of us anxiously waiting, I have a few tips for getting your line ready. The last thing you want to find out, is your line is shot while just crapped your pants, hooking up with the largest trout of your life.
1. Check your line for any cracks, cuts, rips, tears etc… if they are in a “smaller” length cut the line and start fresh. You can add a new loop with the, perfection loop or wrap your own.
2. Clean all of last year’s scum off. Take pull the line off your reel to the backing. Soak it in warm soapy water for 10-15min… then dry.
3. Treat your line with some lube. Loon line Speed, Umpqua Guide Line Dressing, SA Line Dressing etc… give you’re a good ol’ massage.
4. Check the connections to the backing. Make sure all your knots are good. No need to be second guessing. Take your time and do it right.
Good Luck Anglers!