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RIO Technical Trout line

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RIO Technical Trout line

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Post by nicholasfmoore » Sun Mar 22, 2020 11:06 pm

Hi All,

Has anyone tried this line? It has a very nice long head, which is excellent! My two current favorite lines are the SA MED #6 and Paul's Thunderbolt #6, both fantastic lines. Has anyone tried the WF#4 on the hot torpedo?

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Re: RIO Technical Trout line

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Post by Paul Arden » Mon Mar 23, 2020 1:25 pm

I haven’t tried if Nick. What’s the taper? And how heavy is it? :D

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Re: RIO Technical Trout line

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Post by steelehead » Mon Mar 23, 2020 3:05 pm

According to the brand, this is the head - total head length 52ft.

Full Head weight #5: 230gr (14.9gm)
Full Head weight #6: 265gr (17.2gm) (head length on the #6: 54 ft)
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Post by Paul Arden » Mon Mar 23, 2020 3:38 pm

Interesting. I didn’t expect that taper. Ok I’ll ask a few questions from RIO tomorrow.

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Re: RIO Technical Trout line

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Post by nicholasfmoore » Mon Mar 23, 2020 11:36 pm

I think it's AFTM standard! Shock Horror! :p That's great, can you ask them to make it in orange for instructors? :laugh:

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Re: RIO Technical Trout line

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Post by Paul Arden » Tue Mar 24, 2020 5:27 am

I’ll have to try one and yes it’s bang on AFFTA
The Technical Trout is right on the AFFTA standard—120 grains at 30’ for a 4wt, 140 for a 5wt, 160 for 6wt. I designed the taper for delicate turnover of a long leader and small fly. It has about a 10’ front taper, though this length varies slightly with line weight. After the front taper it immediately starts into the back taper, but it’s a very gradual reduction in diameter. The idea was to make the line comfortable to cast at as wide a range of distances as possible. So, with any more than 10ft of line out the heaviest section is out of the rod tip. As you carry more line the gradual back taper keeps weight from compounding as quickly as a double taper. Basically we’ve tried to create a wider “sweet spot” between struggling to load the rod on a short cast and overloading it on a long one.

Obviously a double taper offers maximum control when carrying long lengths of line and the best casters can compensate for the added weight by modifying their casting stroke. I find the WF Technical Trout a little easier to handle than a DT at typical dry fly distances, though. It’s somewhat similar to the Gold but leans more towards line control and delicate presentation rather than loading the road in close and turning over powerfully.

Hope that helps! Let me know if you have any other questions.

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Re: RIO Technical Trout line

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Post by daniel » Tue Mar 24, 2020 10:55 am

Looks similar to the MED doesn't it?

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Post by daniel » Tue Mar 24, 2020 10:57 am

Ignore that, was only looking at the taper drawing. Just seen the head length.

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Post by Paul Arden » Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:36 am

It sort of reminds me of the Infinity. But all these drawings start to look the same and I can only really tell by casting them. That it is AFFTA bang on means that it is well worth trying on the HT4.

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Re: RIO Technical Trout line

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Post by Graeme H » Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:43 am

That looks like a bitch to roll cast or make spay casts with.
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