- Dec 28, 2015
it's all in the 'understanding mono', thread. If you read that end to end you'll know more than almost anyone else and be able to work it out for yourself based on your particular circumstances. Anyway he's the general recommendation bitI “ get “ it as a confused “ beginner”
And twigged after a couple of visits to the tackle shop and reading posts on forums
I have filed the knowledge until I need it.
As an all round tippet material suitable for wet and dry fishing on the same river , at the same location, during the same session , what would you recommend so that I don’t have to keep swapping the tippet every time I switch from dry to wet.
( serious question from someone genuinely interested beyond willy waving misnomers about monomers)
”Nylon Probably the commonest and most recommended brand of nylon by people here is Maxima Ultragreen. It's low cost, reliable and has been around forever.
Also if you're looking for the bog standard, all-things-to-all-men, everyday, use-nothing-else mono for fly fishing for both trout and salmon this seems to be The One.
Drennan Subsurface is a very similar and also much loved product.
For dry-fly, flat calm work, where the fish may be leader-shy and low-diameter nylons may work best, people seem to use either Reflo Power or Stroft GTM.
Fluorocarbon Fulling Mill and Berkley Trilene seems to be a good, low cost, standard Fluorocarbons with Airflo Sightfree G3 being the low diameter preference. Seaguar, while expensive, seems to be the choice of salmon anglers.
Our mono is manufactured by the kilometre and sold to the brands by the kilogram for embarrassingly little. Cost-conscious anglers can offset the brand inflation effect by buying bulk from Alibaba. A kilo of bog standard nylon PA6 can be had there for $3 and would last this forum of anglers a lifetime! But buyer beware, until you use it, there's no telling how good it is.
Perhaps a more sensible approach is to buy larger quantities of well known and tried and tested brands - 100m or 200m spools of Maxima, 300m spools of D.A.M Tectan for nylon; 200m of Airflo G3 or 250yds of Seaguar Red Label for fluorocarbon.”