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While at ICAST I had the opportunity to cast a new((prototype) fly line manufactured by Monic. The coating on this new line is not PVC like most other lines. My first impression of the new line--after one cast was, "Wow, this is definitely different. With only about 15' of the head out, my first cast was about 50 feet. I practically begged Bob Goodale for one at the show I received a 9wt prototype of this line a couple of weeks ago. Unfortunately, since the line came, we've had close to 3 feet of rain so I've done almost 0 fishing. For lack of anything better to do, I loaded the line onto an old Orvis Battenkill on a 9WT Colton Tradewinds and drove down to a local retention pond. I am not a great fly caster but I can cast this line all the way into my backing--whether I ever need to or not. I added 15' or more to what this rod could do with an Outbound Short. The finish on this line is very hard when compared to other lines I have. The hard coating on this new Monic fly line allows the line to slip through the guides with far less drag and makes me a better fly caster. I made a few casts with a really big Bass bug and a few more with an 8-9" Flatwing before the rain hit again. The rod/line combo handled both just fine. ( No, I couldn't cast the entire line with either of the flies) I don't know what the specific gravity of the line is but it darn sure floats high making it easy to lift off the water into a back cast.. The line color is a light blue that I can see well on our tannin stained water. I have no idea when this new line will be available in stores. In the meantime, if you pass through the Crystal River, FL area, give me a call and make a few casts with the prototype.