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Chronic For Monic

I believe in the clear.

I’ve been intrigued by Monic fly lines since first reading about the clear, monofilament-cored floating lines on Midcurrent. An article there by Paul Bruun outlays its history.

It’s been around since 1993, so I’m a little late to the game, but for the most part it seems to have a fanbase among anglers with a specific skill set–those casting to bonefish, tarpon and permit.

I decided to give it a go, opting for the All Weather Clear Floating Line in a 6 weight. I’ve fished it five days so far this year–all in warm water Florida lakes with large littoral zones, shallow bowl canals or box cut canals with extremely clear water. In all cases it’s stillwater or with a slow-moving current.

I like how the line loads and casts, but after laying down a cast and letting it still, the benefit is apparent. It blends in with the surface. I stick the rod tip in the water on retrieve and the line makes very little disturbance on the water. Following the cast, judging distance and all that is not a problem; I’m fishing size four to size 1/0 baitfish patterns or poppers so I just follow the fly.

I’ve quickly grown to love this line because I make a lot of casts parallel to shore or at a 45-degree angle and I’ve already noticed a decrease in line-spooked fish. I have yet to fish it in cold water other than for casting practice fresh out of the box. Monic says  that memory could be a problem, but I’m high enough on the freshwater line to give the GSP Striper/Tuna line a go, too.

Indiana Jones Wears One

It's called a satchel

I am not a vest guy. Vests are born of  trout fishing and its complexities in fly requirements and gear adornment. I just like to have a pouch I can sling on my back and haul a few flies, some tippet, and a jackknife.

I used to use this great waterproof sling pouch that Body Glove made for a while for surfers. It finally frayed around the zippers after 10 years of abuse. Body Glove stopped making it. I searched in vain for its equal before settling on the massively imperfect North Face Roo Pouch. (Meant to be a fanny pack; I adapted it to satchel duty.)

I’m normally not a gear salivator but when I saw that Orvis came out with the Safe Passage Sling Pack I didn’t hesitate. I haven’t had a chance to work with it yet or even adjust the straps, but I am excited by the possibilities and the further enabling of simplicity.

Imperceptible to RADAR

The only other fishing related product in the Christmas haul came in the form of Monic Fly Line. I’ve been meaning to try out this stuff for a time now, to see if I can erase moments of time like the newly reported invisibility cloak experiments, or just be more stealthy in my increased to desire to sight fish. I am eager to try the all-weather line on my 6W to see if it’s not seen.

At the very least, I am now a piston in the vast engine of economic recovery, one bit of paraphernalia at a time.