In collaboration with Wilds Media, the long-awaited Troutbitten video series featuring Streamers on the Mono Rig begins.
Episode One is an overview of the tactics and an exploration of what is possible when fishing streamers with tight line tactics. The video also covers the Troutbitten Mono Rig and the functions of its three main components.
** NOTE ** Video appears at the end of this short article.
Why The Mono Rig for Streamers?
In short, fishing streamers on the Mono Rig lends the angler unmatched contact and control over the path of the flies. At any moment through the drift, we can directly manipulate depth, angle, drop rate and speed, independent of where a fly line wants to go. While fishing a standard rig with fly line (floating or sinking), the line dictates the course of the leader and the fly. But on a Mono Rig, the angler is in direct control over the path of the fly, all the way through the drift.
Fishing streamers on the Mono Rig offers more presentation options, better feel and improved strike detection.
The Troutbitten Mono Rig is designed for power and turnover. It functions like a fly line, if you cast it that way. And from the beginning, I’ve emphasized that these rigs are designed for casting and not lobbing. This long leader is powerful enough to push flies to a target. But it’s also light enough to be pulled to a target, and this is especially useful for streamers. Long casts are achieved by maximizing these complimentary properties.
Here’s the Troutbitten Mono Rig setup for streamers:
Notice, the leader is long enough to keep the junction to the fly line out of the guides on all but the longest casts. This is a key design element, allowing the Mono Rig to shoot and be stripped back, gliding uninterrupted by any knots in the guides.
Casting . . .
The Troutbitten Mono Rig is designed for power and turnover. It’s designed for casting.
This tight line system has enough punch to push flies to a target, like a fly line. But it’s also light enough to be pulled to a target by heavier flies (like streamers). By using both of these principles to their fullest, fly fishing streamers on the Mono Rig is efficient and elegant.
Episode Two of Streamers on the Mono Rig is all about casting. It covers the unique adaptations in our casting form that are necessary to get the most out of the Mono Rig with streamers, including the Circle Cast and the Pendulum Cast.
Here’s the video, Fly Fishing the Mono Rig: Streamers — Episode 1.
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For a detailed breakdown of fishing streamers on the Mono Rig, find the following cornerstone Troutbitten article:
For many more articles on streamer tactics with any leader system, find the streamers category on Troutbitten.
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