VIDEO | Fly Fishing the Mono Rig: Streamers — Episode 1

by | Dec 14, 2020 | 49 comments

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.

Photo by Josh Darling

The Formula

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:

24-30 feet — 20lb Maxima Chameleon
2 feet — 10lb or 12lb Maxima Chameleonn
24-30 inches — 12lb Red Amnesia and/or 10lb Gold Stren
4-6 feet — 1X or 2X Fluorocarbon tippet

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.

READ: Troutbitten | Fly Fishing the Mono Rig — It’s Casting, Not Lobbing

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.

Video

Here’s the video, Fly Fishing the Mono Rig: Streamers — Episode 1.

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Learn More

For a detailed breakdown of fishing streamers on the Mono Rig, find the following cornerstone Troutbitten article:

READ: Troutbitten | Fly Fishing with Streamers on the Mono Rig — More Control and More Contact

For many more articles on streamer tactics with any leader system, find the streamers category on Troutbitten.

READ: Troubitten | Category | Streamers

Lastly, be sure to subscribe to the Troutbitten YouTube channel. And turn on notifications there to be notified when each new episode in this series publishes.

Fish hard, friends.

 

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Domenick Swentosky
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Hi. I’m a father of two young boys, a husband, author, fly fishing guide and a musician. I fish for wild brown trout in the cool limestone waters of Central Pennsylvania year round. This is my home, and I love it. Friends. Family. And the river.

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49 Comments

  1. Great job Dom! Outstanding information as always.

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  2. Thanks for the video, Dom. I look forward to the rest of the series.

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  3. Nice video, I enjoyed it.

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  4. A video? Finally. Can’t wait for what’s to come!

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    • Same here, David. Looking forward to the process of carrying out a plan.

      Dom

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  5. I find it very distracting that you are chewing something while you are talking.

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  6. I “discovered” Troutbitten” a couple of years ago. Since then I’ve used its multitude of articles as a fly fishing encyclopedia. I really appreciate the effort that has gone into writing the articles as well as how they are cataloged and cross-referenced. This was a very good introductory video. I’m looking forward to future videos.

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  7. How important is your connection to the fly line as not to hinge ? some ,none What is your connection nail ? loop ? Episode 1, always enjoy the streamer talk . keep them coming

    thanks cjw

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    • Hi there. Good question.

      So, remember, the Mono Rig is long enough that the fly line junction (nail knot for example) does not leave the spool. So there’s no junction to deal with, because I don’t like trying to fish two materials. No hinge this way.

      Make sense?

      Dom

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      • Yes , thanks

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  8. Awesome video. Great information. Looking forward to the series.

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  9. Unbelievable!! Dom, you keep accomplishing new heights, just like with your fishing! Thanks so much! Beautiful video; very helpful. Can’t wait for more! P.S.: I’m looking pretty dapper, for a 70 year old Pocono fly tyer, in my Troutbitten hat and hoody… gonna wear it to church. Thanks Dom

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  10. Way to go Dom! The videos are going to be great. Just in time for our Winter season of steelhead. I cannot wait to go through them all.

    I will say, it is difficult for any video to keep up with the amount of information you convey with your writing. I hope you make 20 videos or so that I can binge watch them between the Holidays and some trout fishing.
    Best Regards,

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    • Ha. Thanks, man. But that is unlikely. Each of them take a LOT of time.

      Dom

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  11. Great piece Dom. Canceling afternoon mtg and heading out to the river.

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  12. Great video !!!! Thanks Dom !!!

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  13. Great info on that system. looking forward to the rest of the series.i can even apply some of it into my style of fishing. thanks Dom.

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  14. Good stuff! Keepem Coming!
    Happy Holidays!

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  15. Awesome stuff, as always. I have learned so much from what you do.

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  16. Great stuff – looking forward to trying this system on the rivers here in Scotland!

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  17. I felt like I was out there with you even more so with the gum chewing ;-). Can’t wait for more, beautiful.

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  18. Hi Dom. I rigged up my rod and tried it today. It works and you make me look like I know what I,m doing. I brought along my OPST micro setup too because I wanted to compare the feel of it. I get more focused in using the mono streamer rig than the the skagit micro spay rig. Thanks

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  19. I fish some salt water rivers in Va. with a six or seven wt. rod for school stripers, spec. trout, puppy drum and bluefish. Would I use the same mono rig with a same wt. streamer. Wold it sink fast enough to get to the bottom that would maybe 8 to 12 ft. deep. Great video and info. Thank you for all of your knowledge passed on to the fly fishing public.

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    • Hi there.

      I’ve never fished it twelve feet deep. Not even close, really. Because our trout just don’t feed that deep. But yes, I would use the same rig. I would, however, make a major change in the tippet section. It would be longer. I have to say, though, if you put twelve feet of 1x on there, it will cast, but be a a bit unwieldy. Truth is, I would not fly fish to get that deep. I spinning rod is a much better option if you need to fish twelve feet deep into a river, in my opinion.

      Make sense?
      Dom

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  20. Hi, Dom, I enjoyed the video, good job. So your rig:

    24-30 feet — 20lb Maxima Chameleon
    2 feet — 10lb or 12lb Maxima Chameleonn
    24-30 inches — 12lb Red Amnesia and/or 10lb Gold Stren
    4-6 feet — 1X or 2X Fluorocarbon tippet

    Did you say in the video this set-up will also fish nymphs with smaller tippet? I like this rig.

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  21. I love how you caught a leaf cluster in the end. Nice touch.
    Thanks doing this “for us”; you are making us all better fisher folk.

    d.

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  22. Your video is very well done. Thank you.
    I use a 9ft, 5 wt, TFO all purpose rod that will not cast a commercial Euro Nymph type leader, it collapses as you stated. Are you casting with an all purpose rod or a dedicated Euro Nymph rod. My thinking right now is that the Mono Rig will load my rod. What are your thoughts?
    My fishing ranges from small Central NY streams to mid sized Catskill rivers.

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  23. HI Dom
    Where could I find a video of you casting streamers on the mono-rig?
    Kind regards
    Dave

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    • Hi David,

      That’s the next video coming in the series.

      Cheers.
      Dom

      Reply

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