Fishing streamers on the Mono Rig offers anglers ultimate control over the direction and action of their flies — all the way through the drift. And while small streamers may need nothing more than a nymphing-style cast, mid-sized and full-sized streamers require a few changes in casting to get the most from the technique.
Episode Two of Streamers on the Mono Rig is all about casting. The following elements are covered:
— The Mono Rig as a contact casting system
— Loading the rod tip before the cast
— The Circle Cast
— Line stripping and two-hand cooperation
— Water Hauling
— The Pendulum Cast
** NOTE ** Video appears at the end of this short article.
The standard Troutbitten Mono Rig is designed for power and turnover. It is 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.
This video builds on the Mono Rig described in Episode One, which was an overview of the techniques and an exploration of what is possible when fishing streamers with tight line tactics.
The first video also covers the Troutbitten Mono Rig and the functions of its three main components. For reference, the leader formula is detailed at the end of this article.
Here’s the next video, Fly Fishing the Mono Rig: Streamers, Episode 2 — Casting
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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:
** NOTE ** The butt section in the video is green OPST Lazar Line, used for visibility.
Importantly, 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.
Episode Three in the series will cover some of the unique presentations that are possible with the Mono Rig and tight line tactics for streamers.
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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