Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: New Orleans duck ponds
Topic is well covered in Speypages history and above. FYI here is my experience even so it is repetitive. You may find some details of interest:
Have been using mono running line behind a 30’ ST-10-S shooting head for my traditional SH fly rod since before Amnesia and subsequent flat mono became popular. Smaller diameter gives a little more distance depending on your style. But, tangles are more frequent in spite of my attempt at good coil management techniques and not stripping more mono than you need. For me, 30# seems to be a good compromise & helps recover your head & Sink tip when snagged provided tippet is the weak link. Mono is used on my Skagit Rod. Efficiently stretching mono running line around a tree (not your hands) just before you wade in and periodically during breaks, has worked best. It is suprising the difference it makes. I have specifically experimented with Big Game, Maxima Ultra Green, Amnesia, Slick Shooter, Varivas, etc. Bottom line for me: Thin fly line is more enjoyable as a running line. For example, l love my full WF floating line with a sink tip. However, I am not the best fly caster when it comes to distance. On the larger rivers, mono gives me that extra distance without the resultant belly mending. That extra distance has made the difference when they roll on the far bank.