Fly lines and premature ageing

D’you ever get sell-by dates on tippets?” I asked.

“No,” she replied, “but they can be fragile after a while. Same with lines: don’t ever leave them hanging up in sunlight.”

“Sure,” I smiled knowingly and walked off.

I’ve had four coils of line hanging by my shed window all summer. Any sunlight going between 4pm and dusk, they’ve been lappin’ it up.

If you hear a loud ‘ping’ next time you’re fishing, it’s probably me.

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