We need to remove and recycle all monofilament fishing line that we come across. Notice I said remove? I know you probably bring YOUR line home, but what about the line you come across on the river? This is just good fly fishing etiquette.
Why do we need to remove and recycle monofilament fishing line?
Drown or starve.
Become vulnerable to predators.
They can even lose a limb as they struggle against the line.
Look for a monofilament recycle bin near popular fishing locations. There have been over 17,000 bins installed so far. These are made from PVC pipes and are attached to a pole. They are made available by the BoatU.S. Foundation and other local organizations like fishing clubs.
There are also indoor bins in some tackle shops, which are made of cardboard.
Here is a short video describing the problem and what you can do. There is always a need for more volunteers.
If you cannot find a recycling container you can mail the line to:
1900 18th Street
Spirit Lake, Iowa 51360
Berkley then uses the line to make underwater fish habitat structures. It cannot be recycled with other plastics in your home recycle programs.
If you must put it in the trash then cut the line in lengths of twelve inches or less so it will not be a threat to animals.
As a final thought, you may come across monofilament fishing line during the summer months that may have been hard to get to when fishing in the winter.
I was fly fishing for summer steelhead in western Oregon when some fishing line almost knocked my hat off. The brush was thick and I imagine the water would have been pretty high last winter to put it there.
Enjoy the summer fly fishing but don’t forget to remove some of the line that your fellow winter fishers (or you) may have found very hard to remove.