Whether an inexpensive or costly high quality fishing line is used, maximum utilization of it is practical and cost-efficient. Regardless of precautions taken, replacement will eventually be inevitable for a variety of reasons.
Anglers specializing in long distance bait cast fishing often use a float to mark the spot and set the depth of the casts. A swivel and snap is required to attach the float. The constant movement of the swivel and snap along the line gradually causes wear, and in some cases abrasion occurs after long-term use. This, coupled with damage caused by fish such as puffer fish, that are known to scrape the line with its teeth, and the stretching from fighting big fish can shorten the useful life of the line very rapidly.
Two prudent suggestions for extended usage are first, use an underlying line at the spool of the fishing reel. This may be of low-grade quality as it serves primarily as a filler to save the amount of quality line required to sufficiently fill the spool. If, for example, 250 yards are needed, about one-fourth of the length may be the underlying type. Tie a secure knot to attach the main line to it.
The second suggestion is to reverse the ends of the main line after prolonged usage to avoid sudden breakage due to wear. This requires loading the front end of the used line onto an empty spool or reel. This will have to be done again after removing the knot on the underlying line. After doing this a second time, the end which was used to cast the setup, had the fishing float attached to it, and weathered wear is now ready to be secured to the underlying line. The end which hardly touched the water and is free of wear is now ready to serve its duty as the front end to tackle fish. There is rarely any need to replace the underlying section.
Anglers who cast bait are quite conscious about the condition of their fishing line. Having it suddenly break results in losing the float, separator, bait container, and the fish, if it was on the hook. Frequent checks increase the percentage of such a loss not happening, especially while casting.
Utilizing the fishing line this way regularly reaps the benefit of not only saving a lot of money, it also offers the satisfaction of knowing that what was purchased was used to its fullest before being discarded. Maximum utilization is indeed practical and cost-efficient.