El Dorado Trout Unlimited monofilament recycling

By From page A5 | June 16, 2014


I love to be outdoors. The enjoyment of watching wildlife, being on the water in my boat, or just sitting along the banks of a stream is what life is about. But, my passion is fishing and it doesn’t matter which stream, river or lake. The anticipation of the next strike on the end of the line that I have presented to that flash of color swimming in the current can be exhilarating.

I do have my favorite fishing spots and today I found a tangle of monofilament fishing line on the ground. Some careless person had discarded the line not thinking about the consequences it might cause. Did you know that monofilament line could last up to 600 years in the environment? Improperly discarded monofilament line could injure swimmers by entanglement, get fouled in boat propellers and entangle and poison wildlife and fish habitats.

What could I do to ensure there are pristine areas to fish for generations to come? I became a member of the El Dorado Chapter of Trout Unlimited. Our mission is to conserve, protect and restore coldwater fisheries in our area. One of the projects we are working on is the “Monofilament Line Recovery and Recycling Program.” The basis of the program is to install monofilament line collectors around fishing and boating areas to encourage anglers to properly dispose of spent line into the collectors. We remove the line from the collectors, track how much line was recovered and send it on to a monofilament line recycler. The recycled line could be remanufactured into a park bench or a fish habitat, which is an underwater artificial structure that provides natural cover for healthy fish population.

Our TU Chapter contacted El Dorado Irrigation District to embark on a partnership to install some of the collectors around Jenkison Reservoir at Sly Park. Currently we have installed eight collectors. You can spot them easily, they are the long white tubes made from PVC. EID is the first agency to partner with our chapter in this wonderful program and we thank them for their help and assistance.

Next time you are there boating, fishing, or while on a walk and you see monofilament line improperly disposed of, please pick it up and drop it in one of the collectors. EDTU and EID thank you for your support and future generations of anglers, boaters and recreationalists will thank you. Our chapter is hoping other agencies or organizations will see the benefit of this program to the environment and partner with EDTU to expand the installation of future collectors in other areas.

The El Dorado Chapter of Trout Unlimited meets on the third Thursday of every month, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., in the Eldorado National Forest Conference Room, at 100 Forni Road, in Placerville. Please come join us and become a Trout Unlimited supporter to preserve and protect that favorite spot of yours. If you have questions, need clarification, or want to partner with us, you can contact us at

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