RIO is one of those fly line companies that have been around for what seems like forever. You can walk into any tackle shop and you can bet your first child that there will be an abundance of RIO lines, leaders and tippets. With a company like this it’s hard to believe that they’re still coming out with new things. Camolux is a relatively new line specifically made for lakes, for when you need a line to take you to the perfect depth without being seen.
The Camolux line is a clear camouflaged coloured line with a sink rate of between 1.5 and 2 inches per second. If you look closely to the line, it does indeed look like a brown/grey camouflage pattern with clear patches in-between.
The first time I tried the Camolux, I picked a weapon from the arsenal, a 6 weight reel/rod combo, and went to a local lake. The winds were strong on this day and being pushed around in my little aluminum boat was becoming very trying. The Camolux line was proving to be effective even in these winds and I was still able to hit my targets with confidence. While on the retrieve I also noticed that the line was indeed difficult to see underwater. I was pretty happy so far that RIO’s camolux was living up to its claim.
The second time taking this line out I was with a small group of out on the Harrison. We had 3 rods, one being fit with the Camolux, the second with RIO gold and a heavy versitip leader and a third with a full sink line but at a much faster rate. We all had similar flies but it was the Camolux that was the champion. Trolling around the depth of 8 feet the camolux was having me sit perfectly in the top 6, barely brushing up against a weed bed. While others were snagging bottom I was basking in the glory of catching fish after fish. The hardest part of this day was trying to stay warm.
Whether you’re a fair weathered fisher or a trooper that can handle anything the skies give you, this line would be perfect for your lake fishing. Not only will it cut through wind with ease, it also keeps you at an ideal depth from small to large lakes, especially if you stay close to shore, over weed beds or in shallow bays. For clearer waters this line will keep you incognito as to not frighten skittish trout from being spooked. Thanks RIO for creating such a versatile line, this is definitely going to be a regular used line in my tackle box.
You can pick this up at any quality fishing shop, RIO products suggests a MSRP of $79.95, but a retailer may sell for less. To check out this product or any others on their website please visit Fly Lines, Leaders, and Tippets | RIO
for more information. This may be the only intermediate sink line you need.