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Rio Fly Line? Other Suggestions/Comments

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I am in the market for a new fly line. I am currently looking at the Rio Gold.

Anyone have any experience with this line? Thoughts?

Any other suggestions?

Looking for a quality line to fish dry and nymphs, trout only.

Posted on: 2013/3/12 9:50


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I have Rio Gold on my main 5 wt outfit. It's a nice line. Casts well, floats well. Can't speak to longevity, just haven't used it for that many hours yet.

The color change thing is a gimmick, though. Even on large streams like Penns, I rarely get into the 2nd color at all. If I do, it's only a few feet. What's the point if the transition sits on your reel all the time?

Posted on: 2013/3/12 10:51


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Yeah, the color change thing has me stumped too. You would have be out something like 47' to get the change. I don't know if I have ever had 47' of line out...

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FWIW, the color change marks the transition from the head to the running line. It's more informational than anything else. It can be helpful when casting at distance or teaching someone to cast at distance.

I'll vote for Rio Gold all the way. I'm sure you'll have SA guys and Triangle taper guys backing their fav. I can't speak much on SA lines as I haven't used them often. I used 444SL for 20+ years. It was a stiff, slick line that was good for casting longer distances. The problem was the finish cracked. I hardly fish and would use a line during the season. My line was so cracked and messed up, I was forced to buy a line while on a fishing trip. The guy sold me Rio Gold. Love it so much, I stripped all other reels and got it for all my rods except the 3 weight which has Rio LT on it. Wulff TT does interest me but I can only find it in a limited number of stores and forget to pick one up due to ADD. I've had the same 5 & 6 weight Rio Gold lines on my rods for 3 years. Not a crack, no failure of loop and they still float great. I may be one of the few that also like Sharkskin. It floats like a cork, has zero memory and is a dream to mend. The sound is annoying, it chews up your fingers and some guys have had issues with the loop connection failing. Just my .02

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Airflo is worth a look.

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Airflo is worth a look.



What line? Reasons?

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I like the supple tactical trout. Designed by Rene Harrop.

They are PVC free (longer lasting) with a 5 year no cracking warranty. They don't stretch as much as other brands.

They aren't owned by Sage.

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I've had Airflo Ridgeline and Rio Gold. I really liked the Airflo, it was easy to work with and cast. I use Rio Gold now, and it's very good also.

I'm nymphing 90% of the time, so I don't really need precision or long distance casting. If you pick a trusted brand, you'll most likely not regret it or find much of a difference between brands.

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I've been a Cortland 444sl customer since they started makin them.......i was thinking of trying a Rio on my TU "Gift" though.....let us know how it goes.

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Sorry for my confusion on this...

Is the body of the fly line on Rio Gold (orange or yellow) the end that you are casting or the end that stays on the spool.

I have a bright orange line right now that I am trying to get away from.

I am thinking the Grey Dun part may be what is on the reel now.

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Gochs, you're alive!

Osprey, after using 444sl...for ever...I can yell you that 'gold' is better. At least it is on med to faster rods

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Confirmed from Rio: Melon is the business end and the grey dun in the running line. Meh. Was hoping it was the other way around.

Thanks for the replies!

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Gochs, you're alive! ...


I am!

And I might add that with the $50+ fly lines, you usually get what you pay for. $80 for a quality fly line, whatever brand you get, will be worth the money. I don't have any experience with Sharkskin, so I cannot personally justify the higher price point. It sounds cool when you cast, though.

My indifference for fly line is shining through...

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I just changed my rio gold line out on my 5wt for rio gold again this year. i like the line. lasted me about four years. it still worked fine but was starting to get surface cracks. i've also used triangle taper and rio dt on my shorter 4 and 5 wt rods. like them all but think rio is better. you can get the rio gold in a few different colors, you may have to order it if you want something other than the yellow/gold combo. have had an bright orange fly lines as well. the yellow is not near as bright as you might think. go look at the color you might be pleasantly surprised.

Posted on: 2013/3/13 20:07



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