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    Review: RIO Trout LT fly line | Hatch Magazine - Fly Fishing, etc.

    Great article on a great dry line that was redesigned few years back and made the first 30 feet a size and a half but the line does not feel heavy. Just an excellent taper for long distance and technical casts/mends on bigger water.

    I recently lined it on a Thomas and Thomas Avantt 4 weight and it is excellent




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    I had this line Rio Trout LT in 2wt DT on my 6' Butterstick, but it did not perform well. I had a hard time to cast it the full 30' head length and it was not good at small stream roll casting with my shorter rod. I replaced the LT with the Cortland 444 peach 2wt DT which is a true to weight line and that rod/line combination performed much better in overhead and roll-casting. Not saying that the LT line is terrible just this line does not really work well on all rods which was the claim from Hatch (granted from what I can tell they only tested it on 5wt rods). I felt the need to comment because that part of the review where they claim it works well for dry fly fishing on all rods regardless of the rods action did not ring true for me.

    I like the claim from CZANDO that the Rio LT is a half size heavier and works well for long distance, technical casts because that statement already rules out using it on my 6' 2wt Butterstick rod as that rod is not a rod for long distance casts. If I read that statement before I purchased the LT line I would not have purchased the line for my Butterstick. At the time of purchase I did not have that information. Actually, now that I think about it I should have figured out that LT meant Long Taper and that should have warned me right off the bat.

    Just sharing my experience.

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    Tim C.

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    The article makes mention that the Trout LT is available in WF and DT versions, but then does not make the distinction that they are different tapers and weighted differently. That's a pretty significant omission, and does a disservice to the reader.

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    I also purchased a Rio line, recommended by a Rio rep, undisclosed to be .5 heavy, which was far too heavy for the glass rod I needed it for, and that was a wasted $100. I haven’t purchased anything Rio since. I haven’t cast it but I’m familiar with the #2 Butterstick. I can already tell I’d put on a true-weight line or even less.

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    Quote Originally Posted by el jefe View Post
    The article makes mention that the Trout LT is available in WF and DT versions, but then does not make the distinction that they are different tapers and weighted differently. That's a pretty significant omission, and does a disservice to the reader.
    Exactly!

    I bought a 3 weight WF line and it is weight wise dead on with a 4 weight per AFTMA specs. Luckily I have several 4 weight rods that do like it.
    Mainline the blueline

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    Czando...I'm currently running the LT line on two rods, both 7'6" 3wts. I've been using it for a couple of years on my Orvis Helios ION rod and have found it works pretty good for the environments I am fishing. At first when I got it, I wasn't sure about the line, but then I grew to like it very much. My other rod that I am using it on is a Sage X 376 and I am finding it works pretty much the same as the Helios rod. The line comes to life when punching the line out to the 15' to 30' range. I would rate it a 9 or 10 for long casts and a 7 or 8 on casts shorter than 15' or so. It works fine for close in work, but there is a learning curve on those very short casts off the tip of the rod with this line (for me anyway).

    I'm going to leave the line on my Helios ION rod, but I may switch it for a Perception line on the Sage...Dave Anderson likes the Perception on this X 376 and I am inclined to follow him since he's a small stream angler. He says the Perception works better for the close-in work.
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    Czando likes Wulff Triangle Tapers and pretty much, WF LT is RIO's equivalent to that line. It's elongated front taper is 28 feet long followed by a thickened heavier belly and, like TT, a short and abrupt rear taper. Its continuously tapered front is .5 heavy (150 gr. for a 5 wt.) and its full 47' head is a whopping 242 gr. Fully aerialized, and the same with Wulff TT, this line performs like a shooting head affording big distance with a soft delivery attributable to the elongated front tapers. For in-close casting there may not be adequate mass to load some rods properly though.

    I have one rigged in a 4-weight but none of my 4-wt. rods like it. I cast it with a 5-wt. SKY which was a better match weight wise but then I didn't like its characteristics...full discloser and with no disrespect to the great Lee Wulff, I'm not a fan of TT either though I confess Bermuda Triangle does launch a bonefish fly a long way. Some of my Delaware River cohorts swear by TT due to the influence of a famous angler there and some cast better than I do but I achieve more adroit presentations with a long head, elongated rear taper line like RIO's Gold and its design brethren from Cortland (Omni-Verse) and SA (MEDT/Trout).

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    Thanks to the board for the comments. The context here is important as I really like this line for the fishing I do most which is long distance technical dries (think Missouri or Delaware)

    These back weighted lines are not going to be your big bug or streamer lines but at distance for control, and accuracy they rock!


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    Quote Originally Posted by czando View Post
    Thanks to the board for the comments. The context here is important as I really like this line for the fishing I do most which is long distance technical dries (think Missouri or Delaware)

    These back weighted lines are not going to be your big bug or streamer lines but at distance for control, and accuracy they rock!

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    Seems to me the LT would work great for that application, Czando...long distance with a delicate landing
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    Great Post and Article! Unbelievably this line is on clearance sale at my only local store that sells good fly fishing equipment so I am adding tomorrow

    I have this line on a Greys 7.5 foot 3 weight and loved it on that rod. I am going to pick up some 5 wt to try on my Greys and Fenwick Aetos 5 weights...

    Great article as everyone seems to write that you need the over-sized weights for fast rods and this contradicts as I have read a few others do as well....
    This year is about fishing minimum one day a week and at least every third weekend trip anywhere that involves fish.

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