Review of Monic Covert Clear Floating and Impact Intermediate fly lines

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I have fished these two Monic fly lines a great deal over the last two months,
alongside a wide variety of lines and on fly rods that include Sage, Winston, Echo, Thomas and Thomas, and Burkheimer. I have seen many fly line reviews written that are based on a few hours of testing, so I try to always put serious effort in over multiple days, weeks, weather, and water conditions before writing about any product.

General Comments Regarding Monic.

Monic is a growing American business working to establish familiarity throughout the fly angling community.

It is tough to break into the market with several manufacturers of high quality fly lines, and Monic’s primary consumer base built through word-of-mouth recommendations. These lines tend to be most popular with lake anglers and saltwater flats guides.

Monic lines come with welded loop front and rear. All lines that do not have a mono core are weldable, meaning that you can weld a replacement loop if needed. Only the clear lines have the mono core. These lines are factory welded—the consumer can weld these with a heat gun but I think it requires more finesse to avoid weakening the mono so I stick to welding the multifilament lines.

These are, within reason, all-climate fly lines. I am also told that these are extremely durable fly lines, but I have not been able to test this in two-month period.

The multifilament lines (non-clear lines) have very low stretch (4-5%).

I asked why Monic did not use a shorter, heavier, more “aggressive” head taper design that seems very popular these days. Their answer was that their line engineer and customers are seeking to create and fish a line that is true to AFFTA standards for fly line weight.

I was concerned that I would have difficulty casting these relatively light fly lines after being accustomed to throwing far heavier shooting heads while fishing for sea runs and salmon in estuaries, but I found these are very nice lines to cast, and I was able to make long casts (70 ft) immediately.

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General comments regarding Monic.

Monic Covert Clear Floating Fly Line.
* This line fills a niche that has been wanting for years: a temperate
to tropical climate clear floating fly line.
* This line has earned a permanent home on one of my estuary fly reels.
* Clear
* Mono core
* 30 lb core
* All climate
* Entire head will be 268 – 284 gr (WF 9 F)
* Stealthy
* Floats
* I found that I was able to make my usual 70 ft casts in windy estuary
conditions (50ft on the short side and 80 ft with wind assistance). The
key feature of fishing this line was that I could present my fly far more
delicately than when I used short-head lines with aggressive tapers.
* I did NOT stretch this line. I fished it in temperate weather air and
water in high 50s and low 60s (F).
* The line had slight coiling as it lay on the water after being cast, but
the gentle tidal flow straightened the line almost immediately.
* The partial wiggles in the line did not interfere with casting or line
management.
* I think that I could have eliminated the slight curviness of the line by
stretching it prior to use but found no practical need to do so.

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Monic Impact Intermediate Fly Line.
*  This line fills a niche that has been wanting for years: a temperate
climate WF Intermediate fly line that I can use whenever I need to make a
delicate presentation to shy fish.
* This line has earned a permanent home on one of my estuary fly reels.
* Pale green fly line
* Multifilament core
* 30 lb core
* All climate
* Entire head will be 268 – 284 gr (WF 9 F)
* Line is a subtle pale mint green that I feel comfortable fishing
* This is a moderate sink intermediate fly line at about 2 IPS
* When first cast out of the box, the line floated a few seconds before
going down. Whereas some anglers may find this irritating, I actually
found that this only lasted for the first five or so minutes.
* As with the Covert clear WF line, I found that I was able to make my usual
70 ft casts in windy estuary conditions (50ft on the short side and 80 ft
with wind assistance). The key feature of fishing this line was that I
could present my fly far more delicately than when I used short-head lines
with aggressive tapers.
* I did NOT stretch this line. I fished it in temperate weather (air and
water in high 50s and low 60s F).
* The line had no coiling whatsoever and only a few squiggles as it lay on the water after being cast, because its core construction is multifilament rather than mono as in the Covert Clear fly line.

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Overall, I give a thumbs up to these Monic fly lines.

Jay Nicholas June 2018

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