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Excellent 'all-round' floating fly line
Reviewer: A viewer from Saskatchewan, Canada
I have the Rio Gold fly line in 4, 6 and 7 wts in the moss/gold colour. I use it on 3 fly rods: 7'9" TFO Finesse 4 wt (mod. action) and 9'0" TFO Professional (mod-fast action) 6 and 7 wts. The line works very well with all three rods. It loads the rods nicely and it casts well. The long head and long back taper make it especially good at roll casting. And it floats high so it's easy to lift off the water. The short, aggresive front taper is great for casting larger, wind-resistant or heavier flies, and for combinations of flies (e.g., hopper-dropper, teams of 2 or 3 nymphs). The downside of that aggressive front taper is that the presentation of very small dries might be less delicate than some anglers would like. So, if the majority of your fly fishing is presenting small dries to super-wary fish then this might not be the best line for you.
I've used the line in air temperatures ranging from 45-95°F and never found the line to be too stiff or too limp. I really like the moss/grey colour. The moss colour stands out just enough to make the line visible to the angler but because it's a near-neutral earth tone it doesn't seem to spook wary fish as much as a brighter lines might. In terms of durability, the welded loops are usually the first casuality of use and so far mine show no signs of wear. (Note: according to Rio's website you can cut off the welded loop and it will not affect the line's performance. So if your loops break, or if you just don't like welded loops, then you can cut them off with a pair of scissors.)
Rio markets this line as "the ultimate, all-round floating fly line". While "ultimate" seems to be an overly-lofty claim for any product, in my experience Rio Gold is an excellent all-round floating flyline.
favorite trout line
Reviewer: A viewer from Mebane, NC US
This is my favorite trout line that I have used so far. It does everything a line should so you can focus on catching fish, not managing your line. Stays pretty clean, but isn't a real problem when fishing in clean trout streams. Another plus is for some reason it mends easier than other lines I have used.
Rio Gold vs S A
Reviewer: A viewer from Helena, MT US
I don't jump into these discussions a lot but when there's an excellent product I think it's worth talking about. The Rio Gold --in WF4--is an exceptional line.Frankly I can't imagine why anyone wouldn't use it. In response to Jarred's comments, without meaning to offend, could be a couple things going on. Firstly, I haven't cast your rod, but I can say the line matches Winstons perfectly, both the older WT and the B2X. S A line DO float better, although Rio is working on this with their huge welded loop. As far as cleaning goes, I clean my lines virtually every day I fish, so--mute point."dirty lines don't cast, don't shoot, don't float, don't catch fish-"--Barry Beck, over 30 yrs ago--lol. However, some rivers are much cleaner than others--e g the Missouri around Craig is a cesspool! What the Rio gives you is a tremendously extended rear transition taper, a total of about 19 ft and adding about 12 ft over usual WF tapers. This opens up all kinds of options for your casting, not just loop stability @ distance as Rio claims (although it does that). It gives you mending and line control abilities with 40 + ft of line out, something WF lines have usually sacrificed to the DT's. You can also perform some of the 1-handed spey casts far better with this line. It's more supple, esp in cold, than the S A, and has less memory. Definitely get the Rio Agent X line treatment and wonder pads, since you need some sort of line cleaner anyway.
The best Line for the Sage Z-Axis
Reviewer: A viewer from Antonito, CO US
With out a bout this is the best fly line on the market. I have been using this line now for a couple of years and it matches the Sage Z-Axis perfect. If you have a "Z" you need this line.