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RIO Steelhead/Salmon Line
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MuddlerMan
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 26, 2014 7:59 pm    Post subject: RIO Steelhead/Salmon Line  Reply with quote

Just wondering if anyone throws the Rio Steelhead/Salmon line and what they think about it?

I was gifted a 9wt spool and plan on trying it out on my one hander and 7wt switch.
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scnye
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 26, 2014 9:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I bought one 2 or 3 years ago in an 8wt. The line itself works good but I find that using it 3 or 4 times and it gets sticky and doesnt shoot well. Have the Rio cleaner/dressing and clean it works great and after 3 or 4 uses it goes sticky again.Other than that its a good line
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 2:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

haha, so its a "high maintenance" line.

Any one run it on a switch rod?
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wannafish
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 28, 2014 7:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's a new concept for me to use a regular line on a two hander but I suppose it works if you go up a couple line weights? I was going to sell my 9wt sink line but maybe I should try it on my 6 or 7wt two hand rod first.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 28, 2014 8:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

wannafish wrote:
That's a new concept for me to use a regular line on a two hander but I suppose it works if you go up a couple line weights? I was going to sell my 9wt sink line but maybe I should try it on my 6 or 7wt two hand rod first.


Yes as a general rule this will work for some line/rod combinations. More for the shorter/lighter spey and switch rods in my opinion although single hand double taper lines where used for almost all spey lines at one point in time. Its also going to depend on your casting style and ability. Just watch your grain weights and remember that most single hand line weights are stated for the first 30' of line rather than the whole head like spey lines are. I have seen a few line charts for specific SH lines that do list both.

I also have this line in a 9wt. With a 515 grain head spread over 66' that's a bit to long for me to have dangling out of my rod on the start of a back cast on a 12'-6" 7wt (13'-6" to 14' rod no problem). If I went and backed it in to 30-35' for a nice scandi style cast I think I would be under the 450 grain weight that this rod loves but I have never taken and measured/weighed the line out. Now you go me interested on knowing the weight so maybe I'll break it out on the weekend and weigh it up.
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MuddlerMan
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 28, 2014 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've had the 9wt original Rio versi-tip spooled up for the past 6 years. It was a great line on my 9wt9'. The floating section worked great when I put it on my 7wt switch, overhead and rollcasting.

I had  my grandfathers old Hardy St John II in my kit with the original Cortland (444 maybe?), so I decided to put the Rio Salmon/Steelhead on that and finally get a proper running line for my other reel. Has anyone tried the new Rio Connect Core shooting line?
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wannafish
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 28, 2014 4:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the info Chris; very interesting. I'm waiting on a 13'6" rod right now to complete my short, medium, and long spey set  Smile

Muddler I have not tried the rio running line and just really getting started in two hand casting with one summer in so far. I've got airflo ridge and Steve Godshall's brand but I may try Airflo miracle braid as I hear it shoots great, floats well and doesn't tangle easily. Plus it's fairly cheap.
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gdog
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2014 6:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

since you you guys are talking about RIO line

i was interested into this one http://www.rioproducts.com/fly-li...raditional-spey/unispey-floating/

Please note that I don't have a spey rod.. just a normal fly rod (9.5FT).. my reels is LW 8-9 i believe on this rod

anyone have some thoughts or suggestion?  I am looking for something that will throw the line with ease ... I am already using airflow lines which is good too..

the reason why i'd like to try this is last year someone had this setup on the river and i was just amaze on how far the line was going...

inputs, let me know Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2014 7:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with Nbdeer; if you use the line selector in the link you posted (gdog) it comes up with a message saying it has no line for you lol. I've never used a sixth sense but if I was looking for a single hand line I'd try one.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2014 7:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Note that an 8wt spey line and a 8wt single hand line are not the same. The spey line is much heavier. General rule of thumb is drop down 2 sizes to put a spey line on a single hand line. Saying that I think a 52' 480 grain head 6/7wt unispey line would be still to heavy for a 8wt single hand fly rod. 9wt maybe. I have the 6/7 uni for that I use sometimes on my spey rod and would never consider putting it on my 8wt single hand rod. There are to many other single hand designed lines out there that would be a better choice in my opinion. Another option would be to just put a 9wt single hand line on a 8wt rod. This will load the rod quicker and deeper.

I'm not saying your a poor caster but nothing above will turn a poor or average caster and turn them into a great caster. If you picked up his outfit and got better results than with your own than I would have to lean towards that is its the rod more than the line if your using different rods.


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