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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-20-2010, 10:56 PM Thread Starter
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Rio Spey Versi kit (Rio Quality Control?)

I just received shipment of the 6' kit, bought off it off ebay. The kit is definitely new but I'm wondering if maybe it's a factory second. The big thing is that the color coding on the loops are very very very dim on two of them, and non-existent on the others. I was wondering if anyone else has noticed the same? Secondly, except the clear, they all seem to be around 52 grains or so and they're supposed to all be 45. Is this normal? What makes me wonder is that the price I payed was 20 bucks lower than what I've seen the same kit for in shops.

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Question Pick up the phone and call Simon G.

From personal history, if you've got a question/problem RIO (all the folks) are there for you RIGHT NOW. RIO knows it's in a 'niche market' so if a customer has a problem, he/she may be one of many ... this may be the call that tells you "you may have a problem.' Why do they respond so quickly? Easy. One happy customer tells twenty (on the internet/where-ever), a 'unhappy customer' tells 100. Bad odds there.

But lets go back to your question. My guess is these lines were perfectly fine when they were originally sold (you purchased off e-bay) and the lines, from that point, were fished hard and put away wet. I don't care if 'they look new.' (You'se get's what you'se pays for?) That said, I can't picture RIO selling "seconds." Just doesn't sound like something in their marketing nature. What's to gain by doing so?

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I should have mentioned that I bought them from an online fly shop that seems to sell a lot of discontinued stuff. In addition, the tippet ends of these were clean, they didn't have loops. They're definitely new.

Anyways, I'm 100% sure that there's nothing wrong with these lines; I'm a happy customer through and through. I was just curious if anyone noticed the same thing with the color coding. Maybe it's supposed to be like this, faint. The weight discrepancy I was seeing was my scale.
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I've confirmed with the seller that the color coding is deliberately faint on all Rio leaders.
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Hi Chiasson

Thanks for buying a set of the 6ft leaders. I don't believe you have an older set or anything.

I am looking at my set here and have the 5 leaders, of which the clear one does not have a color coded sleeve, nor does the 7.0 ips.. we call it black, just because the tungsten is so dark. Of the other three, there should be the green, red and blue sleeves. The 5.6 does have a very dark blue sleeve - a kind of midnight blue, which could be easier to see, for sure. The green and red are a little more identifiable in color. We could certainly make the colors easier to identify and will probably do that in the far future - once we have used the hundreds of feet of colored tubing we currently have!

The front end of the leaders should be bare and with no loop.. that is so you can tie a perfection loop, or attach the tippet directly - according to your preferance.

As to the weight.. we aim for 45 grains, but it is impossible to be that accurate in tolerance, + or - 10 grains is acceptable for us.

I hope that helps, and thanks again for buying a set. I hope you catch some good fish on them!


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