Southwest Council FFF News
Kudos to the Southwest Council: Monofilament fishing line can kill, but not if it's collected and placed in these brand new recovery tubes
July 25, 2008. MAMMOTH, Calif. – Volunteers from the Southwest Council Federation of Fly Fishers, with the aid of local sponsors, are placing 20 monofilament recovery tubes for discarded fishing line throughout the area, announced Greg Stumpf, president.
The tubes, shaped like a submarine’s periscope, are being hung on existing posts adjacent to popular fishing areas. The local sponsors then take on the responsibility of emptying and disposing of the discarded fishing line.
Tubes are 4-foot long, 4-inch diameter black ABS plastic with a 90-degree elbow glued to the top and a screw adapter plug on the bottom. Sponsors unscrew the bottom plug and pull the discarded line out with a coat hanger or hooked piece of wire. In a pilot test project, Silver Lake Resort, one of the early sponsors, is emptying its tube every other day.
Streamborn Fly fishing Club, a member club of the Southwest Council FFF, has entered an agreement with Mammoth High School Fly Fishing Association to provide and maintain six monofilament recovery tubes on Hot Creek. Five tubes are planned for Convict Lake.
“Discarded mono spin fishing line and leader material is a death trap for birds and other wildlife as well as being an eyesore. If you are discarding line, please dispose of it properly and safely. Carry it back to your car, motel or campsite in your vest or jacket and either dispose of it there or use our recovery tubes,” said Stumpf.
Cost of the mono recovery tubes is $30 each. The SWC FFF is paying for some, while sponsors provide the funding for others.
To sponsor a fishing line recovery tube, call Stumpf at (909) 594-8847.
The Southwest Council FFF represents some 25 local fly-fishing clubs throughout Southern California and into the Sierra.