Dec 7, 2012

Top New Saltwater Fly Lines for 2013

Fly lines are constantly evolving. Each year brings a host of new lines aimed at elevating your fishing. Chances are, you have a fly line that works, but do you have the best line for your fly rod and fishing style? Casting depends not only on the rod, but the line. You may have an eight hundred dollar rod, but if you load it with the wrong arrow, then you might as well have saved your money.

New lines are great because we can upgrade for relatively cheap. You spend a little money and all of a sudden your fishing improves tremendously. New tapers and fresh, clean coatings allow you to hit your target far more efficiently than that old cracked line that you have been fiddling with. So as another year nears its passing, we want to introduce a few Saltwater Lines that no doubt, are already finding their way to the salt.

**Please note that all of these new Rio Tropical Lines are built around a medium-stiff core, use AgentX technology for maximum floatability, and have extremely slick coatings**

Rio Bonefish QuickShooter Fly Line
This line is a modification to Rio’s Bonefish Line. At 38 feet long, it is far shorter, with more weight towards the front of the head. Really, it translates into an incredible line for casting at close range. Rods load much easier and far more efficiently at close range helping to get your fly to target with limited back casting and overall effort. For many, this line will redefine opportunity in the salt and should definitely be the line of choice for those new to bonefishing.

 Rio Bonefish Fly Line NEW COLOR – Orange
Finally a bonefish line you can see! Is it going to stand out more to the fish? Doubtful. Fish see shades and shadows. Darker lines typically silhouette better and cast a more defined shadow which certainly isn’t the case for a bright orange line.

Rio Technical Tarpon Fly Line
The Technical Tarpon is for the expert, saltwater caster who is able to make long casts and stalk fish at great distances. Its long back taper has a couple of advantages. Not only does it ensure that long casts hold their integrity in the air, but it also helps anglers to pick up the line and recast quickly to far away fish. Loading up a rod with a long-tapered line like the TT demands seasoned skill. But if you got it, then this one should be right up your alley.

Rio Tarpon Short Floater Fly Line
The idea here is to get your cast off in a hurry at close range. The taper is basically the same as the Tarpon Short Intermediate, however Rio is now giving the option of a straight floating line. Depth is determined solely by fly weight and leader length, which is especially suitable to shallow water conditions or fish close to the surface. At 30 feet, this head is extremely powerful at close range and allows anglers to turn over big heavy flies with ease. This is also a great line for anglers new to the salt, as the condensed weight of the line loads up fly rods with minimal effort.

Rio Tropical General Purpose Fly Line
The General Purpose Line is well, just that. It’s meant to cover you for a number of different species and conditions. Perhaps, its best strength is turning over heavy flies and cutting through the wind for medium range casts. This line is a straight floater which complements the already existing, GPT intermediate tip as well as the fully sinking intermediate.

SA Bruce Chard’s Grand Slam Fly Line
This line has people talking. Like Rio’s General Purpose, this line is meant to be a great all-around line on the flats, channels and the mangroves. SA got some good insight on this one, as Bruce has been guiding in the salt for many years. I would hit the link provided to read Bruce’s words on why he designed it the way he did. Bonefish, Permit, Tarpon; all three to hand adds up to a grand slam.

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