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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 06-11-2017, 09:52 PM Thread Starter
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Rio In Touch Single Hand Spey Line

On Botsari's recommendation I picked one of these up and finally had the chance to play with this line, brand new line right out of the box. Its a very nice line to cast on a single hander.
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I've got the 7 weight of these for a Sage Z- A 7100, an RPL & DAL 8100 or a GIIIe 5120. Mad props to Rio for yet another great product.
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I agree. Lined my Sage X 5100 with one a few weeks back and was very impressed. It made streamer fishing for trout somewhat enjoyable since they weren't rising to the dries.
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Nice little video. I've been using the 4 wt on my 9 ft 4 wt and 8.5 ft 3 wt for several months now. Great all around line, though it excells with dry flies. It reminds me of the joys of fishing my old mid belly spey lines, only scaled down to trout size. What surprised me was how good it is at turning over heavy split shot and big indicators. I also love the low stretch core for setting the hook at distance and for how you can feel the fight of a strong fish better than traditional core lines. Best line I've fished in years, and definitely the best trout line I've ever used.
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Yep, Great Line, will be using mine in NZ this week......be warned AJSreels.....
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I have been interested in trying this type of line, I am curious on the grain weight for either 4 ; 5 or 6 weighted lines at the head length.
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They are 20-50 gr heavier than the weight of a "normal" trout line, as you might expect. The 5 wt for example is 200.
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Thanks for that,
I assumed that it would be at least 2 line weights up. 5 weight is 140 grains and 7 is 185 grains; 8 is 210 grains; although this is at 30 feet/9.12m not 35+ feet.
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How would this work on a switch rod ?

I just picked up a 5wt 10'6" switch rod and love to single hand spey cast this light rod with the OPST Commando head.
Would this Rio Single Hand Spey line work for dries better ?
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If its weight match your casting style and rod stiffness then it is very good.

Line head which tapers constantly behaves better in line loop than typical Skagit line which has big weight difference in short lengt inside the line head. Also line which tip is lighter lands softer and then fly lands softer too.However lght and long front taper limits useful fly size and how efficiently fly lands furthest when casting to head wind. I like to cast quite heavy Scandi tapers and use leader length to fly size/weight, wind and fishing conditions.

Concider if 34ft is not too long head for10'6'' rod? I DH cast only about 25ft heads using switch rods.

The Rio line which Spey-interests me is Connect Core Pike/Musky which head is 29ft and seems to have quite nice "scandi" taper? Does current web page have more detailed data like head weights? I haven't found yet?

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Maybe the 5wt switch rod is designed for a higher grain weight loading? 300+grains
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4sallypat,
you might want to try one of the OPST commando floating tips. I haven't cast one, but it sounds like they essentially make your micro skagit into a micro scandi. Put on a standard trout leader and you're good to go with the dry fly. Personally I can't stand fishing dries with my trout switch, a single hander does it so much better, but you may find you like it.
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I have 5 OPST heads and tips/ running line and i use them on 9' 4wts to 9' 7wts and found them great for wets up to 3" long unweighted. Off to NZ tomorrow and will be giving some of the larger wets a swim in the Tongariro....will let you know how they went after 4th July when i get back.
I have also made a few micro skagits by chopping older 10 and 11 wt single hand lines, welding some loops or fitting braided loops,then using the digital kitchen scales to check the weights, surprisingly similar to the OPST heads and they cast a treat.

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How would this work on a switch rod ?

I just picked up a 5wt 10'6" switch rod and love to single hand spey cast this light rod with the OPST Commando head.
Would this Rio Single Hand Spey line work for dries better ?
Absolutely. In fact it would be a bit easier with the added length. It would be a nice elegant, integrated "dry-line style" line for that rod. Go up a weight or two. That said it is a long slender line - think almost a short belly line on a very short rod. So it will take some initial work to get good, and will not be so falling-off-a-log easy as a comando, though easier than trying to do spey casts with a regular trout line. However if you can get both lines to work on the same rod you sure will be covered for almost anything - even casting overhead with dry flies in a pinch if there is a sudden hatch while you are swinging!
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Absolutely. In fact it would be a bit easier with the added length. It would be a nice elegant, integrated "dry-line style" line for that rod. Go up a weight or two. That said it is a long slender line - think almost a short belly line on a very short rod. So it will take some initial work to get good, and will not be so falling-off-a-log easy as a comando, though easier than trying to do spey casts with a regular trout line. However if you can get both lines to work on the same rod you sure will be covered for almost anything - even casting overhead with dry flies in a pinch if there is a sudden hatch while you are swinging!
I use a 8wt single hand spey line on a 10'6" 5wt Cabela's switch, good match. This line is longer than the Ambush lines I typically use, so more precise timing is necessary, but still a smooth line to cast.
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