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Old 05-28-2014, 09:57 PM
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Regardless of what the microphones will prove out, I can think of few things harder in fishing than concentrating on your casting and keeping your confidence up while you have a guide in the back of the boat grumbling under his breath about your line and your general lack of fishing knowledge (proven by your choosing such a noisy abomination). That is tough.... They need to work at getting the old time guides onboard.
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Old 06-16-2014, 12:53 PM
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I have to admit I'm in love with the Airflo tropical ridge bonefish...seems like all the pluses of textured line, but because the ridges run the length of the line, you don't get any "hiss" that you do with cross-textured line.....I am very interested in the new Cortland line.....might pick one up to play with...
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Old 08-27-2014, 08:48 AM
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Sweetandsalt: Any inside info as to when Rio may introduce the new InTouch/Perception low-stretch lines for salt applications? (like the one you were apparently beta-testing?).


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Old 08-27-2014, 03:01 PM
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I had thought it was a done-deal but not. I'll try to find out. I liked it and I'm not giving it back!
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Default Re: New Flats Fly Lines

Thank you for sending me down here sweetandsalt.....I don't yet live close to the salt so I don't get to hit the flats with any regularity. I do have a couple of rods geared to the salt however. One 7 and one 9wt. I do have two 7wts that I intend to use for carp. One is 9' graphite and the other is an old vintage 8' glass That I would consider a slow to moderate action rod for glass. I know it is sacriledge but carp is the best I can do on any kind of regular basis. Anyway, It appears to me that the SA Chard should be good for some short casts that are needed sometimes yet should also work for long casts in sweetandsalt (hehehe). I think it should also be a decent line for throwing bass flies. I have a Wulff TT with a short head on my 9wt and it is a great long caster. It makes me feel and look like a good caster. I am impressed with it actually. Now if I can just find a good carp flat locally.
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S & S,

I've been off the board so long, I can't remember what you said about the new Rio that's supposed to be coming out with the low-stretch core.

Though I've not tried the "Technical Tarpon" (because the local shops don't carry it) I definitely like the looks of it with the longer head and "backwards" taper. I think it would make for a good line in lighter sizes for bones and long distance shots for a variety of species. I think you mentioned that as well in one of your posts.

I've not tried the Cortland liquid Crystal Blue, but have been happy enough with the Liquid Crystal (second or third genration) for hot weather/water when skiff fishing. It's a bit wiry for a stripping basket but shoots very well because of it, so long as you have a cockpit or something to dump the slack into. It also comes in a "stretched" longer head in the lighter weights.

I have so many lines already, I really can't justify buying new ones right now until I chew up some more old ones.
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Old 09-27-2014, 10:36 AM
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Liquid Crystal Blue is surely a boat, not a wading line. Regrettably Technical Tarpon starts with 10-weight so not a bonefish line but the "regular" Tarpon starts with 8-weight and is. I like the long head, long rear taper RIO lines a lot but not so much their blunt short head shooters.
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Thanks for your reviews,I'm also looking forward to the saltwater version of Rio's Perception zero-stretch line,and another on the horizon for consideration is BVK's range of affordable lines.I've fished Christmas Island many times and still favour Rio's venerable Bonefish and Redfish in the almost constant wind there.
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any word on the new rio lines you mentioned for salt? also any thiugts on the bruce chard airflo line coming out?
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Old 11-03-2014, 08:25 AM
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Regrettably, the RIO non-stretch flats line I liked so well is not heading for production any time soon. The core material RIO has successfully been using for fresh water lines is considered too soft for a super hot weather flats line so the project is on hold pending further core developments. I head to the Bahamas a week from today and I will re-evaluate this prototype for stiffness. I have ordered the new RIO "Permit" line which is kind of like a synthases of the Bonefish and Tarpon and will share my thoughts on it when I return. I have no scoop on what Chard and Airflo are developing together but I look forward to finding out more. Airflo's Tropic Ridge is rigged and coming as it is the preferred line for Scott's S4s which has made the preliminary cut.
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