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    Default Re: New Flats Fly Lines

    I have an Airflo Cleartip Tropical short coming in 8 wt. I plan to fish it on an 8 wt TCX, but I have other 8s to try it on also. Airflo gives a head wt of 400 grains but I think that is for the entire 51' head. I spent a short time with one of these lines on a 9 wt (TFO Mangrove)last year and it impressed me enough that I wanted to try it on my 8 wt. As part of the same order, I also have a 5 wt Amplitude smooth bone fish on the way. I am going to try it on the new X in a few weeks. I will post my impressions here after I fish both lines.

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    Default Re: New Flats Fly Lines

    Quote Originally Posted by sweetandsalt View Post
    The main reason line companies are reluctant to suggest lines for rods is two fold. First, they make many lines and some are performance oriented for skilled anglers, often with longer, compound tapers and extended rear tapers and second they also produce short blunt head lines for anglers less understanding about rod loading and line carrying. Yes, it is there belief, though they would never pronounce this in public, that many of us can't cast particularly well butt they want us to go fishing anyway.

    I think you meant to say "buy their stuff anyway".

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    Default Re: New Flats Fly Lines

    As a follow up to our above discussion about RIO's DirectCore lines, on my recent Florida redfishing trip I switched a line out. On Stickman T8, a fast rod with plenty of power, I've been fishing SA Amplitude Bonefish, a 210 grain line in its first 30'. This is the line this rod was designed around and it works well though I'm not a fan of its sound, albeit milder than previous SA textured offerings. I've very happily been fishing RIO DC Bonefish on my NRX#8...its best line ever, and opted to experiment with it on T8. DC Bonefish is 218 gr. so is essentially a true weight line. I'd been contemplating mounting a 210 gr. Flats Pro #7 but prefer the taper of the Bonefish version. This was a fine performing rod with the SA Bonefish but with the DC RIO Bonefish it elevated its "zing" factor to the next major level. The tightest, smoothest loops at any distance are generated by this pairing achieved not only by the taper designed to afford an ultimate balance between rod load and wind penetrating aggressiveness and long head, extended rear taper long line aerialization without a hint of hinging.

    This line both shoots and hovers beautifully, presentation situation dependent and easily turns over, straight as an arrow, the long, 11 to 14' hand knotted Fluorocarbon leaders I favor. When the fish eats, another salient design feature of the DC technology comes into play; in addition to the sharp reflexes the line provides during casting, its limited stretch core characteristics provide optimal strip-strike direct connection between your hand and the fish, a genuine advantage fishing flats species.

    For my big gun Sage SALT favoring a heavier line, its current Permit or next Flats Pro is ideal but for any of my truer to AFFTA spec favoring flats rods RIO DirectCore Bonefish is now my go to line.

    One last thing, and RIO might emphasize this more, I have commented previously that welded loop technology, though smooth and convenient may not be fully as strong as the tensile strength of the line itself. Hence I reinforce my factory loops with a 12 turn Nail Knot over the doubled proton, effectively mechanically upgrading its thermo-chemical construction. Not so with DirectCore series lines. These premium lines' loops are reinforced by RIO for max performance and additionally have their size designation printed on the just noticeable covering sleeve. A nice asset for those of us with multiple fly lines.

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