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    Default Rio Smallmouth taper for heavy trout nymph rigs?

    I picked this line up in a 6 wt. to use with my Sage 599 for heavy double- and triple-nymph rigs. It was recommended to me at my local shop, and I was curious if anyone else had used this line for this purpose?

    The logic is there... Short front taper turns over big heavy rigs, good section for mending, etc. I noticed after getting home, however, that one of the characteristics of the line is a "warm water coating that withstands the summer heat." Typically, won't a warm water line curl up in cold water?

    The shop told me that the line would be fine in cold water, and I trust those guys... Just curious if anyone has some experience here.

    Thanks

    Walker
    "The finest gift you can give to any fisherman is to put a good fish back, and who knows if the fish that you caught isn't someone else's gift to you?" - Lee Wulff

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    Default Re: Rio Smallmouth taper for heavy trout nymph rigs?

    I never used it with Indy Rigs, but as a line for the type of Smallmouth fishing I do with a floating line (4" - 5" non-weighted Shad patterns and Size 2 Boogle Bugs/Similar sized Surface Flies) frankly it sucks. It seriously lacks positive turn over, which is obviously due to the longer front taper thus making it turn over smaller flies more delicately and fold with typical Smallmouth flies...

    In comparison to other "Bass" or "Big Fly" tapers, it does not have a short front taper...

    The very guys who designed it stated "it does a lot of things fairly well", which to me is very accurate, a good multi purpose line, but doesn't really do any one thing great, well I do like it for Carp on the flats, works well with small crayfish patterns and whatnot...

    I wouldn't worry so much about the coiling issues. I used it in the cold many times and it didn't coil all that bad...

    If you ever get a chance, try and cast a SA Textured Mag Taper line, still has an extended head to aid in mending, but has much better turn over for heavy nymph rigs...

    Simply my opinion, take it as that...

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    Default Re: Rio Smallmouth taper for heavy trout nymph rigs?

    I appreciate the input, taking it back tomorrow and going with my gut
    "The finest gift you can give to any fisherman is to put a good fish back, and who knows if the fish that you caught isn't someone else's gift to you?" - Lee Wulff

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