Line control is one of the foundations of ﬂy ﬁshing. Making a cast, and then manipulating your line to achieve the desired presentation of your ﬂy is literally what ﬂy ﬁshing is. For some reason, the line control aspect of angling is often overlooked when spey casting and swinging ﬂies for steelhead. Many think it’s all about just bombing a cast out there as far as possible and just letting it swing. I think that is because it takes a great deal of time and dedication to become a proﬁcient spey caster. People are pretty stoked when they ﬁnally get to a point of consistency with their two handed casting skills. As a longtime spey guide, I see it all the time. A client bombs a great cast out, and is completely unaware of what the ﬂy is doing after it lands. They are already thinking about making that next cast. Fish the ﬂy! For sure, hucking mega casts with a spey rod is deﬁnitely a fun undertaking, but the angling part of the process calls for a great deal of focus, awareness, and having the proper tools for the job.
It’s the ideal tool for the job wherever you are ﬁshing dries and traditionals on your favorite summer and fall steelhead rivers. On the ultra-technical North Umpqua, you have a tighter connection and more control pulsing that foam bodied dry ﬂy through one of its famous tail outs. It also doesn’t have coiling issues, so it won’t agonizingly bunch up while you are precariously balancing on that sketchy casting perch. You have better feel while you are skating that muddler through a rifﬂe on the Klamath or Trinity. Keep in better contact to your ﬂy while ﬁshing your favorite traditionals on the Deschutes, Rogue, and Grande Ronde. Excellent strike sensitivity with its low stretch core, which provides a better hookup ratio at distance on the famed big rivers of British Columbia like the Skeena, Bulkley, and Babine.
Its also pretty fun knowing how mega you are hucking! There is a color change (hence “metered”) every 10ft, so you can know exactly how much line you are shooting. Swinging ﬂies for steelhead deﬁnitely is not about numbers, but in this case I will make an exception. It’s cool to ﬁnd your range, and monitor your progress. But always cast and ﬁsh within your means, and stay in control with RIO’s ConnectCore Metered Shooting Line.