Merwin on Biodegradable Fishing Line

October 2, 2009 By: Marshall Cutchin

John Merwin reports on a biodegradable fishing line manufactured by Bioline (recently purchased by Wright-McGill). Even though the material is larger-diameter than most nylon tippets and may cost twice as much, does the environmental-friendless of the product make it the best choice for fly fishers? “The Bioline tippet does seem workable as a leader material. And unlike discarded or lost nylon–which is a substantial environmental hazard–it will biodegrade fairly quickly. (The makers say, by the way, that full strength is retained for 8 to 10 months.)”