Every time I fish I see the effects of other anglers on the environment. The amount
of mono and flurocarbon that is just thrown on to the floor at fisheries around the
UK is nothing short of a disgrace. A few years ago I remember seeing a swan tangled
up in line that had just been thrown away. The unnecessary death and damage caused
to animals up and down the country from discarded fishing line is something that
can be easily stopped, and must be stopped. There is simply no excuse for it.
The Monomaster is a nicely designed device from the USA produced by Grasshopper Outdoor
Products Ltd and provides a simple but effective way to combat this. The Monomaster
is lightweight and will fit comfortably in to any jacket pocket, or alternatively
you can hang it from your waistcoat. Simply insert the line in to the Monomaster
and twist the handle. The line gets caught in the spikes within the device and is
safely stored until you get home and you're able to cut the line off and discard
it safely in the bin. See bottom of page for pictures.
The Monomaster is an accessory that no angler should be without. All fisheries and
shops should consider selling these and should encourage as many anglers as possible
to buy them. In fact I would go as far to say that the Environment Agency should
send them out to all licence holders. When used they will make a huge difference
to the environment in which we fish, and the state in which we leave it when finished.