I was reading an article in Fly Fusion that metioned that Rio
offers something like 120 fy lines. That reminded me that I need a new line for my trout rod. Already confused by their ads, I decided Iíd go to the Rio
website to see if I could devine the differences between, say, a Rio
InTouch, a Rio
Gold, and a Rio
Whosomewhatever and the always popular Rio
My first problem was that when I got to the Rio
website it briefly displayed the home page, then changed to a blue screen with the Rio
yellow R logo in the center and below that, the admonition: Rotate Your Device. I was laying on the couch with my late model IPad on my ample tummy so it was no problem to turn the thing this way and that, then all around, hokey pokey style. Still, I only got that Rotate Your Device notice. I tried again. And then again. And again. Finally, frustrated and not a little enraged, I tried stuffing the IPad up my you-know-what and rotating (as many a childhood friend had suggested regarding other objects at other times) but that didnít work either. What a mess.
Youíd think Ďd give up, but no. I had my IPhone handy and gave it try on that. No Rotate Your Device notice this time. So far so good.
offerís a Line Selector application on their site, so I gave that a try. One of the early options is to select the rod I was selecing for. They had my manufaturer but not the particular model, which is understandable because itís an older rod manufatured sometime in the late Jurrasic, 2015. Never mind. I pressed on.
Next option, Saltwater, Freshwater, Brackish? An easy one.
Warm water, coldwater, tepid, or bong? Agan, easy. Same with river, lake, casting pond or hot tub? I also got the one listing many species, incuding one I never herd of, ďotherĒ. Probably one of those Amazon creatures discovered after my Fly Fishing Magazine subscription lapsed
But now it got tricky: general purpose, presentation, or ultimate performance?. I confess Iím one of those guys who came to the sport late in life with a little money in my pocket for gear. If I can spend some dough to short cut the learning curve, Iím gonna do it. It hasnít really helped muh as far as I can tell and I think the guides Iíve injured woud agree, but still. Ultimate performance for sure.
Finally the app presents some lines for my consideration. As Iíve mentioned, however, Iím viewing this on my handheld device and Iím a little older so itís tough to read the descriptions. What I can make out seems like argle bargle to me. Apparently one line is good for delicate presentations under cloudy skies around sunset, while another shines just after dawn. One works better if youíve had two cups of coffee, another if that coffee has a little dash of whiskey, yet another if youíre wearing all white.
Iím undecided, though I do have a white linen suit that would look smashing at the lodge.