Bioline BioDegradeable Fishing Line by Eagle Claw 10LB
Biodegradable Fishing Line Naturally Degrades to Prevent Pollution.
goFASTandLIGHT.com was proud to be one of the first companies to stock and sell - Bioline BioDegradeable Fishing Line. We sold it for several years until it was discontinued by Eagle Claw the manufacturer. No reason was given, We suspect sluggish sales, but Eagle Claw never responded to our inquiries.
Update 2017: While at a trade show We were able to ask an Eagle Claw marketing representative about the discontinuation of Bioline. The rep said that Eagle Claw thought it was a great product that addressed core industry issues and hoped to make it mainstream. The problem turned out to be government regulation. The United States Government put onerous burden on Eagle Claw to prove the claims of biodegradeabilty. Government bureaucrats would not accept laboratory tests for similar products like biodegradeable plastic bags. They literally wanted tests over the life time of the product (would take 5 years) before Eagle Claw could make the biodegradeable claims. The costs of such testing coupled with the already high cost of production made the product unviable from a financial standpoint. It seems unconscionable to us that the government would not welcome such an advance, but here we are.
If another similar product is released We will offer it in the future. This page will remain as an archive to the product concept.
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While we always encourage retrieving any broken line, safety and practicality sometimes make that impossible. With our biodegradeable line, nature has a fighting chance. Plus it is just as strong as normal line - you won't lose fish !
Traditional petroleum based monofilament fishing lines endanger and obstruct habitat for over 600 years. It is safe to say - that every bit of lost line is still out there somewhere. New braided superlines last even longer.
We found a better solution. Bioline biofilament fishing line biodegrades in the environment in five years.. Further during years 2-5 it is significantly degraded permitting wildlife to easily break free should accidental entanglement occur.
The concept of biodegradeable fishing line was advanced at a company that made medical sutures - the stitches that dissolve in the human body after surgery. After years of development, testing, technological and manufacturing advances, they released Bioline - America's first biodegradeable fishing line.
Bioline looks and feels like any Lo-Vis, Clear, Traditional Monofilament line. You will notice superior casting distance and exceptional knot strength, along with outstanding UV and abrasion resistance. Bioline does not absorb water like traditional monofilaments and its characteristics do not change as it’s fished. And yes, should you break off a leader or length of line, it will be gone in five years versus six hundred.
Some fisherman have asked us - Does it behave like monofilament or like fluorocarbon lines? The answer is this - it has low visibility, like a fluorocarbon but it is not a fluorocarbon. It has a little more stretch than nylon (monofilament), but it's got 100 percent rebound. Its got higher resistance to abrasion and UV rays than nylon, so it lasts longer on your reel, so it outperforms nylon (monofilament) lines. The castability is nice as it has low memory on the reel (looping).
Stored in its original package, Bioline has a five-year shelf life. Once spooled on a reel, the line will retain 100% of its strength for a period of 10 to 12 months, with no special handling.
Follow these instructions for tournament strength results:
* Store Bioline unopened in its foil pouch until ready for use.
* Spool on reel.
* Wet knots prior to tightening.
* Change Bioline every season or on nine month intervals in year-round fisheries
The difference between Bioline and nylon monofilaments, fluorocarbon, Spectra® and Dyneema® fiber lines is found in what happens once it comes off the reel, whether lost due to breakage or discarded as garbage. In roughly five years, Bioline degrades in the environment to a minimal quantity of carbon dioxide and water. Nylon monofilaments remain for 600 years, fluorocarbon longer, Spectra and Dyneema even longer. Bioline represents a 99% reduction in the active life of the line in the environment.
The problems with traditional lines in the environment extend well beyond being a nuisance and an eyesore. Direct ingestion, wildlife entanglement and destruction of corals have all been documented with respect to fishing lines. Given the life span of traditional materials, we have only continued to add to the problem over decades, with centuries to go before the natural decomposition of the first nylon lines ever lost is complete.
Bioline embraces the best of technology, delivering the performance and handling of nylon monofilament within the working life of the line, yet containing its overall lifespan within years rather than centuries. While angler ethics have dramatically altered how we handle fish and four-stroke outboards have refined marine power, Bioline offers an intelligent alternative in fishing line for the future of habitats.
Spool Weight: 3 oz / 85 grams
Capacity: 210 yards (typically enough to spool 2 reels)
Available in 10 or 12 lb test for fresh water fishing.
Technical Information about Biodegradable Fishing Line
- This product complies with American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Standard D 6400-99 which defines Biodegradable Plastic as "a degradable plastic in which the degradation results from the action of naturally occurring microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi and algae."
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