Monic continues to raise the bar! I’ve been a fan of the previous generation MonicAST permit-specific clear floating fly line for years. I truly believe clear fly lines are far less likely to spook permit than opaque lines. Recently I had the opportunity to fish the new Covert Clear line and the Phantom Tip (intermediate) fly lines. Even just stripping line off my reel, I was instantly impressed with the relaxed lack of memory of both fly lines at 80 degrees F. No line stretching was needed to achieve optimal performance. Even over a long span of hours, both lines resists kinking and coiling. Monic’s Microslick spray dressing enhances performance.
Often limpness is a characteristic of a fly line that has little spine or kick when cast. But that is not true of these fly lines. Possessing slick, slippery coatings with a minimum of glare, they provide a smooth turnover and achieve effortless distance culminating in a surprisingly soft landing. This is especially strategic in the case of the intermediate sinking Phantom Tip.
Significantly, the welded loops on both lines are much shorter and lighter than onMonic’s predecessor lines. The sink rate of the Phantom Tip is subtle and unobtrusive. The tip does not exacerbate light refraction and functionally helps to anchor a fly on or near the bottom when the current runs strong. Guides appreciate the opaque belly of the Phantom Tip to help track the fly – and the permit.
These are my new favorite permit fly lines!