After guiding, working, and living in a fly shop for close to ten years-you come to realize some absolute truths about fly-fishing. You learn that the quality of your experiences on the water matter more than the number of fish brought to hand, the importance of taking a break to enjoy a sandwich and cold drink on the bank, and that your choice in fly line(s) is absolutely critical to make sure that your fishing goes smoothly and effortlessly. While this may seem like a no-brainer fact that your fly line is important-I am still blown away by how many customers and clients who will spend loads of money on a rod and reel, flies, etc.-but skimp on the fly line in order to save a couple of bucks
There are ways and areas to cut spending when getting outfitted, but the fly line is not something you should go cheap on. Why? Your fly line is the engine that makes a fly rod function! To put this into perspective, the engine in a Ferrari is what MAKES it a Ferrari-not just the frame, wheels, or logo. You could have the best rod and reel money can buy, but that won’t matter jack if you don’t get a quality fly line that will make the rod load and un-load as efficiently as possible. So, in order to pick-out the best fly line, you must first determine where you are going to be fishing, what you are going to be fishing with, and figure out what line makes your rod work the best.
Where the single hand spey line proved invaluable was when I was throwing large hopper and mice patterns off the bank of a large local reservoir a couple of weeks ago. The wind was gusting 15-25 M.P.H., and I was limited on my back casting space due to the steep banks behind me. Having a line that loaded my rod perfectly, and excelled at spey style casting, was the key to my success. Because I had the right tool for the job, what was already a tough scenario was not nearly as hard. As a result, I hooked up with many fat cutthroats cruising the wind swept banks using a myriad of spey and overhead casts. More importantly, I was able to deliver the goods time and time again efficiently, and effortlessly-which made for a very memorable outing. Lines for big flies are invaluable, and the ease of throwing big steamers, long distances, with minimal effort has always been a challenge for even the most experienced casters. The In-Touch Outbound Short lines from RIO have made streamer fishing not so challenging, and actually made throwing “meat” actually fun.
In short, when it comes to “special” situations it really does pay to try some new fly lines in order to have the right tool for the right job. This is the time of year that many fly-fishers chuck meaty flies in hopes of tempting a whale to strike. For those big flies, RIO’s In-Touch Outbound Short streamer lines are the best I have ever used. These lines make throwing big flies fun, efficient, and the fact that the In-Touch core helps you feel even the most subtle strikes all makes for a more exciting streamer fishing experience. If you are a spey casting fool, or you just want to get the most out of your single-handed rod, you cannot go wrong with the In-Touch Single Handed Spey Line. It will literally do everything that you want it to, with the added bonus that it will allow you spey cast efficiently and effectively when your back is literally against a wall.
Having taken these lines into the field, and seen what they are capable of, I am confident that you will find that they will make your fishing experiences all the more enjoyable. Branch out and try some of the new 2015-16 lines for your favorite rods-you may be surprised by what you find.
Nick is a longtime shop employee, guide, and instructor for Western Rivers Flyfisher in Salt Lake City, UT. When he is not out teaching, guiding, or working in the store, you can find him chasing fish across the state and west. He is also a Sage Elite Pro, Regional Ambassador for RIO Products, and a Certified Casting Instructor via the Federation of Flyfishers. In short, he loves his job, and helping others catch fish. Photo Credits: Travis Ruiz and Kigen Curtice