Podcast: All About the Mono Rig, with Dom Swentosky

[Interview starts at 33:16]

This week, my guest is Dom Swentosky of the Troutbitten blog, podcast, and guide service. If you have not seen his stuff, it’s definitely one of the most informative and thoughtful fly-fishing blogs out there. Dom devotes a lot of his blog to the mono rig, which is sorta like Euro-nymphing in that it uses a long leader and no fly line, but it’s more of a method for everyday anglers than pure Euro-nymphing, which is based on competitive rules that prohibit things like split shot. Dom goes through why it is such an effective method, how he builds his leaders, and how he presents his flies this way. It’s just one more thing to try if you’re interested in new ways of using a fly rod.

In the Fly Box, we have some helpful tips from listeners and an assortment of questions from rigging to watercraft to fly tying, including:

  • If I am using a drop-shot rig with a single nymph, can I just tie the weight on a long tag from the clinch knot I use to tie on my fly?
  • What is your opinion of traditional Catskill-style dry flies?
  • Could spawning affect a trout’s diet?
  • In your canoe and kayak podcast, you didn’t say enough about canoes. If I want to use my canoe for fly fishing, what considerations should I have? And should I put a trolling motor on my canoe?
  • I have a stream nearby that has nice gravel, cold water, deep pools, and nice riffles. I have not caught any trout there. How can I find out if trout even live there?
  • A great tip from a listener for finding tiny leaks in waders.
  • Do trout use shelf ice as cover?
  • A listener suggests the float tube as a great option in the inflatable category, which I did not mention in my recent podcast on inflatables.
  • A great tip from a listener on how to cover items in a boat that could snag your fly line.
  • When do you switch from a floating to a sinking line in streams?
  • A great tip from a listener on using forceps to hold tiny flies when tying them on.
  • I am looking at monofilament thread. What is the difference between 6/0 and G size, and where did the G designation come from? And is there any application in tying freshwater flies with monofilament thread?
Photo of Dom by Josh Darling

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