Gear Review – Streamside Leaders Mystic Creek Tenkara Line

I had recently ordered a Mystic Creek tenkara line from Streamside Leaders for my 11′ Tenkara USA Iwana tenkara rod.  I was able to spend quite a bit of time with it yesterday and here are my two cents.

The Mystic Creek tenkara line is slightly different in composition than the Monofilament tenkara line I reviewed in September.  While the monofilament line is simply furled strands of monofilament (duh), the Mystic Creek line is mainly furled polyester thread with a short section of furled mono near the tippet ring.  I purchased a 10.5′ “Green Hopper” Mystic Creek tenkara line for this review.

Green Hopper Tenkara Line

The Mystic Creek line is much more supple than the mono version.  You notice this immediately after opening the package.  Once put into action, it casts very, very softly, and it will drop your fly like a feather on the water.

Another benefit I immediately noticed (due to some inaccurate casting due to user error) was that this line does not collapse into itself like a slinky if you get it snagged on a rock or tree branch.  It may twist slightly, but it seems to have virtually no memory whatsoever.  A big plus if that is something that frustrates you about the mono version.

While this has nothing to do with performance, it should be noted that if color is your game, the Mystic Creek line comes in 35 color combinations where as the Monofilament lines come in 8.

With the more delicate line, there are also some drawbacks.  The first is that it doesn’t cast that well when windy.  There was a slight breeze while testing, and casing into that breeze was very challenging, even with a quick, snapping cast.  The furled mono line handles this much better.

A second drawback is that should you get a windknot that tightens up, it’s almost impossible to get it out.  Trying to pick apart the strands of thread that comprise this furled line is a futile task (and risks fraying), you just have to take your knot and like it.

In terms of lines on the water, both lines perform about the same.  If you’re tenkara fishing correctly, your line should largely stay off the water, however nether style of line floats.  The Mystic Creek did seem to take on (absorb) a bit more water than the mono line, but even that considered, it was far from heavy to cast.

If fishing dries is your game, the Mystic Creek tenkara line should be your choice.  It will softly and gently present your fly with ease.  It’s a great specialty line in that regard.  It can handle wets & nymphs as well, I just found those types of flies tend to cast easier with the mono line.  Thus if you’re looking for a more “all-around” line that does a little bit of everything well, I’d choose the original Monofilament tenkara line.

In the end, it’s all about angler preference.  I’m personally going to stick with the mono line, but it doesn’t mean the Mystic Creek is not a quality product.  Lucky for us all of these lines are relatively inexpensive, so mixing & matching for different fishing situations is not only easy, but affordable.

The Mystic Creek tenkara line tested in this product review was bought by me at full $15.99 retail; I currently hold no association with Streamside Leaders whatsoever. As with all independent gear reviews at Troutrageous!, I try my best to keep my reviews honest and unbiased. If something is good, it deserves applause; if it sucks, I’ll let you know that too. That said, I probably wont waste my or your time reviewing something that sucks, unless it’s really that bad.


  1. @Rick KratzkeWhen I say no memory, I basically mean it's limp. Acutally very limp. It won't twist back upon itself and when not in use, if you store it in a coil, it doesn't want to automatically coil back up upon straightening.


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