Do I need a specialized rod for the mono rig?

March 24, 2022

One of the more frequent questions we get here is "do I need a special rod to use your mono rig?" In the fly fishing world today, we are bombarded by advertisements for the latest and greatest "something," be it rods, reels, flies, tippet, etc.  In the last couple of years there have been some great developments in both technology, and design to accommodate modern theory into what works "best."
It is very easy to get caught up thinking that the latest and greatest ultra-lite, ultra-sensitive, 10'6", 3-wt competition nymphing rod is the only way to go if you plan to tight-line the subsurface. Truthfully, those type of rods can be a great tool for the job... They may also set you back several hundred dollars unnecessarily.
So for the good news.... a dedicated rod for the mono rig is not necessary. You can likely use whatever you have in that rod tube sitting in your car. I have used anything from a 7'6", 3-wt fiberglass rod all the way up to a 9'6" 7-wt if the situation called for it. Personally, I am not a fan of carrying a quiver of rods on the river, so slipping the mono rig onto whatever I have in hand has been the only option at times. Guess what? I still caught plenty of fish.
If you want to use your 9', 5-wt rod, or about whatever else you already have handy  go for it! You will still be successful, and don't let any one convince you otherwise.

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