In this era of industry consolidation it’s great to see new product innovations coming from a smaller company like Monic fly fishing. Their new fly line the GSP Skyline sets a new standard for casting distance, zero stretch, abrasion resistance, and color fastness.
As a full time fishing guide a good portion my year is dedicated to fly fishing for Tarpon and Snook. I guide in the tannic stained waters of SW Florida. In addition to the dark water color, there is always a sticky surface film that comes in with every tide, a very hostile environment for fly lines.
Regardless of brand, the fly lines I had been using all performed about the same. Poor abrasion resistance, line stretch, and color degradation. I was determined to find a fly line that was truly different, I wanted a fly line that could stand up to the rigors of daily use in a harsh saltwater environment. At the 2015 ICAST show in Orlando I was fortunate enough to visit with the crew from Monic Fly Fishing and found exactly what I was looking for in their new GSP Skyline.
For the past 7 months my clients and I have been using a Monic GSP Skyline 9wt floating fly line with a clear tip on a daily basis. This line has seen more use than the average fly fisherman could give it in years of recreational fishing. It’s impossible to know exactly how may times that fly line has been cast, but it has to be in the thousands. I did track the hours of use, (182 hours) from July 2015 thru December 2015. This represents a real world test that you can count on when buying your next fly line. The following results speak for themselves.
Casting distance is the first thing you will notice. This line literally sizzles through the guides, you can hear the difference in line speed. Long casts (80 plus feet) to big schooling Tarpon were a breeze, in fact you could generate enough line speed to easily cast ahead of very spooky fish in shallow water.
This was one of my most important considerations. The line color is called liquid blue and it is translucent blue with a 10 foot clear tip section that the fish didn’t seem to notice at all. Originally I thought that a clear line would be better, but I feel the translucent blue color of the line is less visible against a blue sky and easy for the angler to see.
My initial thoughts were that the line would be to stiff and that spool memory would be a problem. In fact memory wasn’t a problem at all, regardless of water to air temperature.
This is a huge advantage, and frankly you have to use the line to really appreciate the advantages of zero stretch. Setting the hook on any big powerful fish is always a challenge and this is especially true with tarpon. You can feel the strike better and when you strip set you can tell immediately if you have a good hookup. I never realized what a difference zero stretch makes, especially on light strikes from picky nighttime Snook.
This is my biggest complaint with conventional fly lines, poor abrasion resistance. The surface of all GSP lines is a clear polyethylene coating. What this means to fly fisherman is a line that can withstand a close encounter with barnacles and oysters on Mangrove roots and live to fish another day. With conventional lines its time to buy a new one. I found small rough spots on the GSP line after such encounters and one of the abrasive polishing pads for cleaning fly lines returns the line to a like new condition
The tannic stained (tea colored) water that I fish is hard on fly lines. Conventional fly lines loose their original color and turn orange after about 100 hrs of use. In addition the sticky surface film requires conventional fly lines to be cleaned before every trip. The super clear polyethylene coating on Monic lines enables me to go weeks before the line needs to be cleaned. Then all you need is a cloth cleaning patch soaked in 303 protectant to have the line casting like new. The Monic Skyline line is still the same color as the day I opened the box, there has been no fading or discoloration caused by the tannic water or the intense UV’s of a Florida summer. (see photo)
If you aren’t familiar with Monic Fly Fishing, find a dealer near you and cast one of these great lines. Don’t be surprised when you cast farther than you ever have with very little effort.
Capt Eric Anderson
What A Hawg Fishing Charters
Fort Myers, FL 33912
Monic Fly Line user and Guide Dustin Huff, of Marathon, FL and Angler Thane Morgan, from Amarillo, TX took home the hardware in the 42nd Annual Don Hawley Tarpon Tournament. Congrats from us at Monic!
The Don Hawley Invitational Tarpon Fly Tournament was organized by Dick Pope, Jr. in 1975 to honor the great Don Hawley who passed away in 1974. All proceeds are directed to the Guides Trust Foundation, which helps local fishing captains during times of need.
The tournament was the first tarpon tournament to stop the killing of tarpon. Charlie Causey, guided by Captain Hank Brown won the tournament in 1986 and as the 1987 Tournament Chairman, Charlie along with other conservation-minded anglers voted to change the Don Hawley Tarpon Tournament to catch and release only.
The event remains five days long and participants can fish with either 12 pound or 16-pound tippet.
It is a wonderful opportunity for a fly angler to fish for tarpon uninterrupted for five days, to meet new and old friends and to support the Guides Trust Foundation.Read More
At Monic, we routinely receive phone calls and messages from people telling us how much they like the fly lines. Over time, we tend to create digital friendships with these folks as we become a part of their experience on the waters they fish. One gentleman in particular, of Colombian descent, has been with us for some time now. While I have never met Dr. Gonzalo Vargas in the flesh, his stories and assistance continue to brighten our days.
This morning, I was greeted with several minutes of dictation on a voicemail that chronicled Dr. Vargas’s experience with the largest speckled trout of his fishing career. Here is the story.
I retired recently and have had the time to roam the Texas Bay around Houston where I live. I fish here almost exclusively sight casting to redfish in shallow water. There is a strong sentiment in Texas to catch large speckled trout in the winter months. This is usually done with lures and conventional tackle.
As I have time now, I started looking for them while I push pole the bays famous for harboring large speckled trout. These are those that are over 27-inches long and 7lbs, which are considered a trophy and are absolutely gorgeous fish. In late November, I found 4 or 5 very large speckled trout in a small cove in about 3 feet of water. They moved away gently and I kept on going. I came back later, and to my surprise, they were in the same pothole that I had found them before. It was late in the day, so I decided to come back another day when I could see well.
That night I consulted with two fly fishing experts who mainly target the trout. See, I never fish for them before as I didn’t have time to do it. Both of them told me that the most important thing was the stealth in the approach. They are very spooky, and once they sense you, they will not take any offering. They also say, use large (5 or 6 inch long) streamers (deceivers or seaducers). I chose a 6-inch seaducer of pink and white (pink is a very good color for trophy trout). For the stealth of presentation, I picked up Monic All Weather Covert Clear floating fly line. The next clear, sunny day was two-days later so I went back. I went poling slowly and gently and spotted one large trout facing away from me. After a couple of casts, the wind caught my line and the line landed exactly on top of the trout. The clear line, with a lot of fortune, did not spook the trout. I retrieved gently the streamer and cast again, and it was a good cast.
After stripping the fly past the trout, he took it solidly. What a thrill!
Once landed, he was 27 ¾” long and a line short of 8 pounds—the biggest trout I ever caught on any tackle. Of course, I released the fish after taking a selfie, as I was by myself; the only person on the boat.
When I got home, my wife asked me, “how was your day?” With the biggest smile I told her, “when the German (Alzheimer) gets a hold of me, I will still remember today.”
This great memory was possible because of the stealth characteristics of the Monic clear floating line that saved me from spooking this wonderful fish.
Story submitted via dictation from Dr. Gonzalo Vargas – TexasRead More
60+ BOATS PREPARE FOR AN EARLY-MONRING SHOTGUN START FROM LOR-E-LEI RESTAURANT AND MARINA
Each year, the dedicated fishing guides of the Florida Keys and their supporters converge to arrange a fishing tournament focused on Bonefish, Redfish, and Snook. Aside from the guaranteed fun that is to be had by all involved, the goal of this event surrounds raising money and awareness for the Florida Keys Fishing Guides Association (FKFGA). Established in 1956, the FKFGA has two main goals: 1.) to support fellow guides in time of need, injury, or hardship through the Guides Trust Foundation (GTF); and 2.) to act as stewards and fund the maintenance and longevity of some of the most sensitive fishing grounds in the world, while professionalizing the guide program and ensuring the success of wildlife species native to the area.
In order to mitigate stress on the waters, the tournament is one-day long, yet gives participation to over 120 guides and anglers. Sponsors understand that the Florida Keys, while deemed the “Fishing Capitol of the World,” is an ever-increasingly sensitive environment. Visitation to the area is always a gamble—based on economic fluctuations, weather forecasts, and competing destinations… The larger gamble is its ecological viability. The Florida Everglades and inshore waters are threatened by surrounding populations and industry and that threat increases each year. Fracking operations, sugar production, fresh water diversion, farming overflows, and warming climates are steadily pressuring the waters with change. The fish and biodiversity rely on salinity rates, and a steady influx of fresh water to this area is paramount.
In recent years, needed fresh water resources to the Everglades have been soaked up by farming and daily, human needs from surrounding metropolitan areas. Natural flows of this water into the estuaries is increasingly diverted into farms, mining, and drinking needs. What is released back into the environment is a supercharged liquid that contains an abundance of phosphates, nutrients, and non-native biomass. The short story is that the grasses in these areas are being killed off and unpredicted algae blooms are suffocating native species. Fish are dying. Methane counts are increasing. The sport and its principle suffer.
The Swamp Guides Ball is there to foster the captains of the Keys and the areas they make their living. It is their caretaker in times of need. If the waters are threatened, these guides are thereby threatened as well. Monic Fly Fishing supports this and many other tournaments in an effort to preserve that “Fishing Capitol of the World.” Without this support and the support of many other likeminded companies, we will see this resource fade considerably in our lifetime. To expect our children to fish in these heralded waters is but a wish—one that we cast to the wind every day we find ourselves blessed by that air.
If you wish to support the Florida Keys Fishing Guides Association, please take a close look at the following websites.Read More
Key West in spring is arguably the best location to sight fly fish for tarpon in the world. However, since it is so well known that it is the best, it has a double edged sword. The migrating tarpon, who can live as long as 80 or more years, have been conditioned to the onslaught of anglers who converge on Key West to ply their talents against this most worthy game fish.
I have been fly fishing for tarpon since the early 90’s, and there is no doubt in my mind, these fish have learned to refuse certain flies, colored floating lines, and larger shock tippits over the years. I have seen the transformation through my very own eyes. So, I decided to go the stealth mode when conditions warrant such actions, like calm and clear water conditions that we encountered this past May.
I decided to use an 11 wt rod for the toads that we encounter in Key West, but shock tippit down to 2 ft of 50 lbs Sugar Premium fluorocarbon and make the complete leader about 12 ft using Slim Beauty knots which are less bulky than Blood knots and Bimini Twist knots. My dimensions where 60 lbs for the butt line of 4 ft, 40 lbs for the next segment of 4 ft, a 16 lb class segment of 2 ft (don’t want to kill a fish for glory here, they are way too valuable, so I am not IGFA whatever) and the shock of 2-3 feet to round out the leader. Obviously, one can change the leaders to the conditions. If the wind is blowing 30 knots, you logically make the leader 9 ft to get it to lay straight when casting. It’s not rocket science, here.
I also have changed the fly line itself for a more stealthy design. the line is the new Monic Tropical Seamless Phantom Tip (clear) with a fluorescent green body to blend in the tropical green blue waters off Key West.
The flies have to be sparsely dressed so as not to put off a charging tarpon ready to open the maw and gulp the bug down. If you need help on deciding on a fly, read Andy Mills book, “A Passion for Tarpon”, because he has put an inordinate amount of time into these thoughts. The guy just came out of mothballs and won going away, the Golden Fly Tarpon Tournament, this past spring. Ya, he has the gift.
The whole week was calm with clear water and I was able to hook and jump 15 tarpons with an uncountable amount of eats and follows. I landed 7 with one going over 150 lbs. Many anglers were having difficulty with the clear conditions and I felt that the Monic Phantom Tip made the difference for those pesky Key West old beasts to close the deal and bite the fly. This fly line does not stretch, so your hook set on the dinosaurs are direct drive and there is no question as to whether you gave it a good whack……. er, strip strike. (Don’t ever lift the rod to strike)
I highly suggest getting the Monic Tropical PT line. Your time on the water will not be hampered by putting off tarpon, but by watching the Silver King jump to the sky. It is the greatest sight fly fishing bite on the planet.
Chris Travis DDS
Host, Hooked on the Fly TV
Director, North Coast Steelhead Alliance-USA
Associate Life Member-Lower Keys Guides AssociationRead More
Why should vinyl be replaced?
When vinyl (polyvinyl chloride, or PVC) plastics were introduced, they were hailed as the “super plastic.” Strong, durable, and weather resistant, these plastics would last forever…and now we know that they do. Vinyl’s production, use, and disposal create more cancer-causing and other toxic chemicals than any other plastic on earth. Once released into the environment, vinyl accumulates continuously.
EuropeanPackaging Partner – StickerGiant – Posts Blog On Monic Fly Lines
December 30, 2015
We worked tirelessly with the fantastic folks at StickerGiant to polish out a packaging solution for all of our fly lines. We leveraged the same box (made in Denver, CO) with a stickering process (made in Hygiene, CO) to carry our lines (Made in Boulder, CO) to bring you a 100% Made in the USA product line.
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Please check out the review in Angling Trade Magazine on the Monic Impact Fly Line!
“…one of the most versatile that I tested. A good roll casting line. Picks up clean, and floats higher, on average than others.”
– Kirk Deeter
Review starts on P. 32
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