I just received an email from Gary Dollahon a public relations guy well known in the outdoor writing community and a long time friend to me. He was giving me a heads up on a new biodegradable fishing line from his client Eagle Claw.

Most of us who spend time in the outdoors are well aware of the problems some times experienced with lost or discarded fishing line. It is estimated that monofilament fishing line can last up to 600 years. Many responsible people in the industry have instituted a variety of programs to collect and recycle fishing line. This is the first time I have heard of a truly biodegradable fishing line.

Eagle claw calls the product Bioline.

According to Gary this line is designed to retain its strength and durability for 10 to 12 months of use and then completely degrade in water or on land within five years. It is made from special polymers that breakdown to become a combination of carbon dioxide, water and biomass.

The degradation process begins at the surface of the line, with microorganisms breaking down and digesting the line with the help of sunlight and moisture. It loses it tensile strength in 10 to 12 years. The packaging is engineered to be air and water tight for use in storing the unused portion of the line between refills on a reel. As long as the spool is stored in the original package it has the normal shelf life of other fishing lines when stored in a cool dark place.

According to the manufacturer the line performs just like any premium monofilament line. It is tested and rated to its true tensile strength. It comes is spool of 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12 pound test. Knots of your preference can be used but the manufacturer recommends using the Palomar knot which is a proven strong knot.

The line comes in a low visibility clear color and stretches just like monofilament at about 25%. Unlike mono, this product rebounds to its original form with all of its tensile strength intact. It also has good abrasion resistance. It has been tested in extreme tests and found to be flexible and strong regardless of the air temperature. Ice fishermen report not problem with using it in extreme cold.

For more information about this product check out the company’s website at:


Posted 05/14/2011 by Donald Gasaway in Freshwater Fishing


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