dont think you need to change lines every season bugger.I use scientific angler shooting.just kkep it clean and look for nicks and blemishes.probably could get away with with just a slight trim maybe 5-6 feet every couple of months.depending how much you fish and wear the important thing is to keep it clean and know your river.I have abuddy to practices in his backyard and you should see how spools he goes through because he is careless.I fish for the biggies and can honestly say that by being very careful with yourline and dressing it probely after each trip will keep that line working good for a long time.last season on my 9 weight i probaby landed bout 100 or so big kings and stealhead and it still works great.another thing...keep it out of the sunlight or out of places with extreme heat...like the trunck of your car....might save ya a couple hundred or so depending on how much you fish
You really do not want to trim off any bit of your fly line. Depending on the taper that you have constitutes the weight of the line,if cut the entire dynamics of the line would be lost. I would suggest a small 6" piece of mono 40lb.with a perfection loop to join leader with a loop to loop connection and change leaders when needed! Also casting on grass will cause micro cuts in the line and it will wear out in no time. Lines could last for quite awhile before needing replacement. T-290
Good tip about the grass, Houndog. Thanks. I usually practice casting on the lawn and have noticed my lines getting lots of tiny nicks. I thought it was just normal wear and replaced them before the beginning of each season. From now on I'll walk down the street to a little neighborhood pond to practice on the water... and maybe catch a bluegill while I'm at it.