Bioline fishing line
[dropcap]I[/dropcap]n our Decenber 11th story titled Worth Knowing: Monofilament and fluorocarbon leader material, we referred to Bioline, a biodegradable alternative to mono or fluorocarbon leader or fishing line.
Eagle Claw’s Bioline
A follow-up interview with Eagle Claw (Wright-McGill) employee named Steven, retail sales at their Colorado headquarter store, confirmed that they no longer sold Bioline. Asked who made it, Steven said that Eagle Claw was the patent holder of Bioline, but discontinued making the line. He further stated: “We have no foreseeable plans to restart.”
When queried about who does make it? Steven replied: “Nobody makes it.” He was not forthcoming about why they abandoned production. However, it’s advertised feature might have been it’s undoing, especially so if they could not control the decomposition rate – even when dry or in a package?
In addition, it’s cost was equivalent to fluorocarbon or 3 X that of monofilament.
Biodegradable fishing line is made in Japan
Toray International produces fabrics and biodegradable fishing line. The latter under the brand FieldMate.
Although it’s fishing line hit the world market back in 1996, no one has stayed the course. Presently, FieldMate products cannot be purchased outside of Japan, and only from Toray.
FieldMate is made from a biodegradable polymer, decomposes via applied microorganisms. However, it does not deteriorate when kept clean and dry, but does when exposed to the biological activity of bacteria underwater or underground. After about three months in salt or fresh water it’s gone.
No costs are posted by Toray, but the diameter line tests are. There are only few.
Enzymatic reactions of naturally occurring microorganisms degrade it, and eventually it’s reduced to water and carbon dioxide.