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The worst catches of my life - Pack it in and pack it out.

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Original Poster49 points · 1 month ago · edited 1 month ago

I made it a habit this year to clean up all the line I come across. This line is from my trips I took while fishing from shore/wadding or around the dock. I also collect the line I see tangled up in trees while out on my kayak or boat. I'd say 90% of it came from the shore, though.

So come on guys and gals. Let's see how much we can collect together?

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I don't do a lot or spinner fishing, but even when I did I never tangled up 20-50 ft of line, but is see piles of that much or more every time I hit the river. I just don't get what people are doing to mess up their rig so bad, and why leave it all there?

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People who are new to baitcasters maybe?

level 4

Still a shitty excuse.

level 5

I just meant that's probably why they get such bad rats nets. They're just shitty people for leaving the line like that

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2 points · 1 month ago

If you are in an area with big fish, it could be from people getting spooled.

Not much of an excuse though as if you are about to get spooled you should tighten your drag until the knot breaks.

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level 4

Yes, I have pulled line from 20ft away from where I parked to 10+ miles in on a backpacking trip. Shit has no rhyme or reason. Regardless of how you messed up your gear, pack that shit out. We don't need more plastic in our waterways.

level 1

It’s disgusting isn’t it? I try to grab what I can each time I’m out. Let’s all keep picking up after each other and try to educate others where we can. Fight the fight.

level 1

That’s disgusting. We as anglers need to do a better job.

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Thank you.

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I bought one of those mono-masters and use it to spool up extra line I find (and my own clippings). Of course, this much line would never fit in there. Most of the places I fish are pretty selective toward fly fishing (GSMNP), so thankfully I don't come across very much of it.

The one thing I do come across that eats me up is trash... I usually carry an extra baggy with me to pick up trash that I find. There is river tubing in one of the creeks I fish, so I often find a lot of tourist junk in there. Anything from shoes to phones to..... underwear... gross.

level 1

There's a website where you can send in old fly line to be recycle. In exchange, they will give you something made out of the line. It is called FlyVines.

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level 3

I know they recycle the fly line. The link just says send in your fly line. So if you send them with the mono, I bet they can sort it out.

level 1

Piopod Fishpond makes a small trash container which clips onto your wading belt. My local flyshop can’t keep then in stock.

level 2

I have one and love it! I also carry garbage bags in my pack and my hunting packs. The amount of trash I pick up across those activities is really saddening.

level 1

I catch one of those pretty much every week unfortunately. It's really too bad.

Except for that one time that it had a relatively new carp rod attached to the other end

level 1

Good for you I pack other people’s crap out all the time.

level 1

Dude, you’re a champ. Thank you for helping to keep it as clean as we can.

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Oh no, a snag. Better peel off another fifty feet of mono and cut it off cleanly.

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2 points · 1 month ago

My line after a bad cast.

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Respect!

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1 point · 1 month ago

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1 point · 1 month ago

Did you catch the reel too?

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Geeze, that’s a lot of mono

level 1

You are a saint

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I usually clean stuff up as I crawl a river. But who does this? Did they just drop their reel or something?

level 1

This is a damn shame.

level 1

I'll admit, I was the source of some littering this past weekend. It was completely on accident though. The fishing was slowing as the sun was high so I strapped a beer to my hip with my belt looped koozie and was casually casting from the bank. Ended up hooking up my personal best trout. The guy kept running over rapids so as I was chasing it downstream I slipped and fell and my beer popped out. I whipped my net out and ran downstream to try to grab the can but it moved too fast. Landed the fish, but I felt pretty damn guilty about that. In an attempt to make up for it I picked up 2 beer cans and a Gatorade bottle and some pieces of line that I found along the shore. Still wish I hadn't contributed to it though. There's a photo of me eating crap in the river and the beer can floating away. Sad stuff.

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