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Old 03-06-2009, 08:52 PM
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Default Rio Mainstream Fly Line

Has anyone used or has a opinion on Rio Mainstream floating fly line.
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Old 03-07-2009, 08:24 AM
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I have the mainstream lines on several of my rods and I have had decent luck with them. One thing I would recommend however is that you use one line size larger on them than what they are rated for. The tapers on the Mainstream lines are a bit on the level end and using a line size heavier will help load your rod. I have used the SA Headstart lines for a long time and I tried the mainstreams because I needed a few lines for my client rods. I needed the lines ASAP and the Rio rep was at a shop I stopped in so he got them for me in a few days. The mainstream lines do not have as heavy of a taper on them, and they are probably closer to a true WF taper. I like the heavy taper on the Headstart lines because they load a rod easier for less experienced casters or on windy days, which we have lots of in Montana. They are not a great line for presenting tiny dry flies but for 98% of the fishing I do they work great. The durability on either the SA Headstart or the Rio Mainstream lines have been awesome over the years. I have had the Mainstream lines on my client rods for two seasons and they are still in good shape after close to 200 days on the water.

Some may think I am a cheap skate for using the lines but I personally believe most of the specialty lines are just that and you are really paying for marketing on the higher end lines. I have had great experiences with the lower end lines and I will continue to use them even with all the hype on the newest and greatest from the line companies.
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Old 03-07-2009, 02:35 PM
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Default Re: Rio Mainstream Fly Line

I've used the Mainstream as well, and it's not a bad line at all. Although, when I did upgrade my line, I went with the Cortland Precision and there is a considerable difference. But use what you pocket book can afford. Mainstream isn't a bad choice.
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