What is a Monomaster?
The Monomaster is a handy tool for collecting waste fishing line. It's designed to be attached to your lanyard, fly fishing vest or pack, and lets you collect all of those little bits of waste tippet and tangled leader, as well as other people's discarded or lost fishing line.
Why use a Monomaster?
There's little worse than going out fishing and seeing litter, including discarded line. While losing some is unavoidable, not only is it a potential hazard to birds and other wildlife, in many cases it's not biodegradable. Nylon fishing line will rot in a few years, but modern fluorocarbon fishing line barely breaks down at all, so could be around forever if you discard it.
While you could shove old bits of fishing line in your pocket, it has a tendency to fall out or get trapped in your pocket zip, so using a Monomaster will mean you don't inadvertently drop anything, helping you to keep the environment tidier and safer for wildlife.
How does the Monomaster work?
To use the Monomaster you simply insert your waste leader or tippet into the slit and turn the rubber knob on the end. The inside of the Monomaster includes a spiky brush, a bit like a hair roller, into which the waste line will catch. After a few turns, your waste fishing line will be tucked away neatly inside the Monomaster for removal later.
How do you remove the waste fishing line?
To remove the waste fishing line you've collected, simply pull the end cap off the end of the Monomaster and remove the middle section. Get a sharp pair of scissors and slide them under the waste fishing line and cut free the line and pull it off the Monomaster.
How much does the Monomaster cost?
The Monomaster is sold by several different companies - including Orvis and Loon - and generally sells for around £12. I've been using one for years and, aside from the logo wearing off slightly, it still works perfectly. It's a great little gadget, whatever type of fishing you do.
Available from: Amazon