Fly Tackle & Ac­ces­sories

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Monic Fly Lines

There are two ways to talk about fly lines - the science and the per­for­mance. Monic fly lines de­serve both dis­cus­sions. From a con­ser­va­tion stand­point, Monic fly lines stand apart as there are no harm­ful chem­i­cals used in the lines. If you care about hav­ing plenty of fish for your­self, your kids, and your grand­kids – this is im­por­tant. But science is a waste of time un­less it pos­i­tively impacts your fish­ing, and we were for­tu­nate enough to get our hands on Monic’s Im­pact WF-6-F to see if the science re­sulted in im­proved per­for­mance. Monic boasts that their lines are low stretch. So we looked for long, ac­cu­rate casts and positive hook sets – and we found them. We also found the lines were quick to pick up and cast, which we be­lieve was also due their ex­cel­lent buoy­ancy. They are all-tem­per­a­ture lines, which is es­pe­cially im­por­tant in Canada, as tem­per­a­tures can vary dra­mat­i­cally within days, and the lower and up­per tem­per­a­ture limit for ac­tiv­ity of your catch can be a dif­fer­ence of 18°C (65°F). With the Monic Im­pact we could con­fi­dently fish with one line, chang­ing lo­ca­tion and el­e­va­tion with­out a no­tice­able tem­per­a­ture sen­si­tiv­ity. The lines are some of the high­est float­ing avail­able and we found our dry fly lead­ers got a good long float and mends casted across the wa­ter were more ef­fec­tive. As men­tioned ear­lier, the lines were quick to pick up and cast. We look for­ward to test­ing the dura­bil­ity, abra­sion re­sis­tance and line mem­ory of Monic Im­pact (tough job as they say), and ex­pect to be as pleased as we were with the other per­for­mance fea­tures so far. Af­ter all, there is some se­ri­ous science be­hind the an­gling en­gi­neers that built these lines. Im­pact Line Specs Tip – 1' Front Ta­per – 5’ Belly – 25’ Rear Ta­per – 5’ Run­ning Ta­per – 54’ To­tal Length – 90’/27.5M Avail­able in weight for­ward float­ing 3-12 Avail­able in weight for­ward in­ter­me­di­ate 6-12 MSRP: $80 Monic.com

Fair Flies Com­pos­ite Brushes

Ac­claimed for its fly ty­ing ma­te­ri­als, Fair Flies’ new com­pos­ite brushes con­sist of up to five dif­fer­ent ma­te­ri­als on a stain­less-steel wire. You can use them to make home­made jigs, spin­ner­baits, and other types of baits. The ‘Fair’ in the name comes from its fair trade prac­tices. They help raise funds that bring jobs into ar­eas that need liv­ing wage in­come. So far they have worked in Kenya, and Nepal and have vi­sions for South­east Asian coun­tries like Myan­mar, Bangladesh, South Korea, Cam­bo­dia, and more. Fair Flies aims to have over 100 dif­fer­ent coloured brushes avail­able. You can also buy their com­pleted flies. MSRP: $15 fair­flies.com

RIO’S In­touch Scandi 3D

This is a shoot­ing head so you need to con­nect it to a shoot­ing line, and on the front end you can put on sink­ing versa lead­ers if you need a bit of ex­tra depth. This is also a Scan­di­na­vian-style shoot­ing head that seam­lessly in­te­grates three dif­fer­ent den­si­ties along the length of the sin­gle head for ul­ti­mate depth and fly con­trol. It can eas­ily cut through the wind and cur­rent to al­low the fly to swing deep with­out snag­ging the bot­tom when the cur­rent slows. Built around RIO’S ul­tra-low stretch Con­nect­core, the heads pro­vide en­hanced sen­si­tiv­ity, faster hook sets, and to­tal con­trol when fight­ing fish. There are three dif­fer­ent den­sity com­bi­na­tions avail­able.the float­ing/hover/in­ter­me­di­ate head (f/h/i) is ideal for swing­ing flies in the top 30 to 90 cm (11-35 in) of the wa­ter col­umn. The float­ing back por­tion makes mending and pick­ups easy, while the hover mid-sec­tion and in­ter­me­di­ate tip keeps the fly at the ideal depth for sum­mer steel­head, sal­mon, and easy flows.the hover/in­ter­me­di­ate/sink 3 head (h/i/s3) is a bet­ter choice for deeper pre­sen­ta­tions or heav­ier cur­rents with the fly swing­ing 60 to 150 cm (23-59) be­low the sur­face. The hover back sec­tion al­lows for easy cast­ing and line con­trol, while the in­ter­me­di­ate mid-sec­tion and sink three tip en­sures the fly swings deeper – ideal for faster cur­rents or cooler wa­ter tem­per­a­tures.the in­ter­me­di­ate/sink 3/sink 5 head (i/s3/s5) gets the fly down deep and fast and is a great win­ter steel­head or back end sal­mon line. The fast sink­ing front sec­tion al­lows the fly to swing be­tween one and three me­tres in depth, yet the grad­u­ated den­sity al­lows for out­stand­ing line con­trol and easy cast­ing. MSRP $60 USD Rio­prod­ucts.com

Fly­men Fly Fish­ing Com­pany Sur­face Se­ducer Dou­ble Bar­rel Bass Bug

This lit­tle fella popped home with the Best Fresh­wa­ter Fly award at the 2017 In­ter­na­tional Fly Tackle Dealer (iftd) show. The large front cup is de­signed to cre­ate big pops with big splashes. It’s made of tough EVA closed-cell foam so it won’t take on any wa­ter while re­peat­edly trig­ger­ing hits by preda­tory fish. A thin coat of flex­i­ble epoxy fin­ishes off the Bass Bug keep­ing it light­weight and easy cast­ing. MSRP: $5.75 USD fly­men­fish­ing­com­pany.com

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