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    Default New Rio Fly Line: Perception

    I was looking at Rio's website today and found a new line they've just introduced very recently. Rio Perception. It will be interesting to get feedback on how it performs and which rods provide a nice match for it.

    RIO PERCEPTION
    Unprecedented casting control and instantaneous feel. The trout line redefined.

    From Rio's Website:

    Our revolutionary RIO Perception floating trout line helps anglers connect with more fish than ever before. Built with ultra-low stretch ConnectCore Technology, Perception lines provide groundbreaking levels of sensitivity for intuitively better cast timing, easier line lift and sharp, precise mends. Lack of stretch also means enhanced detection of subtle takes and faster reaction time when setting the hook. Our exclusive SureFire color system (RIO’s uniquetri-color distance measure) improves casting accuracy by making it easy to gauge exact distances with a quick glance.
    Unique three-color SureFire system ensures deadly accurate distance control
    ConnectCore improves casting timing, hook set and mending
    EasyID tag to quickly identify fly line"


    Here's a link to the webpage if you want to look over the specs.

    RIO Gold - Freshwater Fly Lines | RIO
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    Default Re: New Rio Fly Line: Perception

    Yes,I will certainly be interested in hearing some feedback on this new product. For the time being I believe it's all marketing hype... IMHO. I would rather see prices on their existing lines lowered a bit.

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    Default Re: New Rio Fly Line: Perception

    I too have read about it. What differentiates it from their other lines is that, like Airflo, it is built on a very low stretch core material. Its taper diagram appears to be more or less conventional weight forward with a short rear taper.

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    Default Re: New Rio Fly Line: Perception

    Quote Originally Posted by sweetandsalt View Post
    I too have read about it. What differentiates it from their other lines is that, like Airflo, it is built on a very low stretch core material. Its taper diagram appears to be more or less conventional weight forward with a short rear taper.
    I was waiting for your thoughts and opinion on it. Those are the items I picked up on as well. The low stretch core material sounded similar to Airflo to me as well. I wonder if it's the conventional PVC their other lines seem to use or if they've gone to Polyurethane? The taper of the line seemed rather unimpressive and fairly standard to me. The price seems a bit on the high side, though I suspect they would need to offset the R&D one way or another.
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    Default Re: New Rio Fly Line: Perception

    I am sure it is hard to maintain consitancy but have you noted that in the line data...good as it is comparativly, RIO gives grains of first 30' or head weight or both...hard to do apples to apples. I do feel the low stretch core in Airflo's gives a bit of a kick as the line straightens and the nylon core lines (up to 30% stetch) smooth things out under load. There is a sharpness to the non stretch though...nothing is simple and it is hard to quantify and qualify the comparative merits of each. Surely, as we learn more this will be a forum topic (if this isn't already!).

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    Default Re: New Rio Fly Line: Perception

    Quote Originally Posted by sweetandsalt View Post
    I am sure it is hard to maintain consitancy but have you noted that in the line data...good as it is comparativly, RIO gives grains of first 30' or head weight or both...hard to do apples to apples.
    I did notice this. I sure with they would list the first 30' weight for this line so we could compare it to the AFTMA standard and see where the line falls. Rio lists all the weights for the popular Gold and Grande lines and I'd like to know how much "over-weighted" this new line is, because the head weight is definitely over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dean_mt View Post
    I did notice this. I sure with they would list the first 30' weight for this line so we could compare it to the AFTMA standard and see where the line falls. Rio lists all the weights for the popular Gold and Grande lines and I'd like to know how much "over-weighted" this new line is, because the head weight is definitely over.
    I inquired to Rio about the weight and they claim that Perception is a half size heavy. Similar to the old Grand. I am still scratching my head over bumping Grand up a full line weight and still calling it by the same name.

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    Default Re: New Rio Fly Line: Perception

    Quote Originally Posted by kuch View Post
    I inquired to Rio about the weight and they claim that Perception is a half size heavy. Similar to the old Grand. I am still scratching my head over bumping Grand up a full line weight and still calling it by the same name.
    You're right. They should change it to Rio - Grand-a-licious
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    Default Re: New Rio Fly Line: Perception

    Quote Originally Posted by Troutnut
    For the time being I believe it's all marketing hype... IMHO.
    Sounds like a pretty good assesment to me. For instance, very carefully analysing the comment below......

    Quote Originally Posted by Rio Says::
    Lack of stretch also means enhanced detection of subtle takes

    How subtle can a take be that is powerful enough to stretch a fly line????
    http://www.miterclamp.com/Images/N_Amer_FF.jpg Cheers, Jim

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    Default Re: New Rio Fly Line: Perception

    wjc, Have you sampled an Airflo Tropic Ridge in Florida? One of my bonefish rods, the Scott S4s #8, loves that line and I fished it for a week in Acklands Island. It shot like a bullet which many Ridge lines do (not always a good thing for all rods surprisingly enough) and the coating held up to the tropical heat very well. Main thing is, and it difficult to be objective about this, I felt the minimal stretch core was advantageous in hook setting on longer presentations. Of course, I was using a low stretch, hand built Fluorocarbon leader tapered to 12 to 15 lb. tippet...little trout fishing analogy here.

    Setting a dry fly on 5 or 6X with a nylon (I dislike fluoro for dry flies) leader, I believe a controlled bit of stretch is advantageous. The hollow braided nylon core as found in SA trout lines mated to a hollow braided nylon butt leader, as sold by Orvis, tapered to 5' of 5X has plenty of controlled stretch in it even in a short presentation. Only in the longest downstream dead drift, slack line feed might this inherent stretchability be too much for a positive hook set.

    Now that a mainstream manufacturer (Airflo is gaining market presence but is still a niche player compared to SA and RIO) has introduced a low stretch core basic line, surely specialty tapers will follow, we will learn more about appropriate applications of this technology trout fishing. Combined with a flexible nylon braided or nylon furled leader this could be the next big thing or people will be popping flies off in trout's mouths all over the place. Maybe it will offer quicker reaction time to blind fishing nymphs or salmon egg flies. Likely some will embrace it and some will abhor it, like with textured lines. I was told by a well known tournament caster that on long casts he can plainly feel the stretch or lack there of during long false casts in comparing the different core materials. Casting/Fishing, Fresh/Salt...it is a brave new world.

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