Can You Burn Fishing Line?

Fishing line is an essential item for any avid fisher, providing the connection between the angler and the fish. It’s also a very durable item, but even so, there are times when you may need to dispose of old fishing line. This begs the question: can you burn fishing line?

The answer to this question depends on what type of fishing line you have. Monofilament lines generally contain strong synthetic polymers such as nylon or polyethylene, which are both difficult to burn.

These types of lines will not catch fire easily and may even produce toxic fumes if they do ignite. On the other hand, fluorocarbon lines are made from a different type of material that is much more flammable.

That being said, burning fishing line is still not recommended for several reasons. First and foremost, it is a fire hazard and should be avoided in any situation where there is a risk of an uncontrolled fire breaking out. Additionally, burning fishing line can produce noxious fumes that are hazardous to your health.

In addition to these safety concerns, burning fishing line can also be harmful to the environment. When burned, the materials used in monofilament lines can give off toxic chemicals that can contaminate nearby soil and water supplies. Furthermore, burned monofilament or fluorocarbon lines can create microplastics which can then be ingested by wildlife with disastrous consequences.


In conclusion, it’s best to avoid burning fishing lines altogether due to potential safety hazards and environmental harm. Instead, anglers should opt for environmentally friendly disposal methods such as recycling or composting old fishing lines.

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Emma Gibson