I’ve recently been using the new Rio Nymph line, developed by Rio in conjunction with Steve Parrott of Blue Quill Angler. This is intended as a one-size-fits-all for use on dedicated Euro nymphing rods rated 2-5 weight, and is a very light line (a bit smaller in diameter than 000 wt) intended for tight-line nymphing strategies.
For my long-leader (“French” or leader-to-hand) fishing, it is a bit superfluous, as with those strategies, I rarely have line out of the tip-top, or even off the reel. But as I understand, this is designed to replace the long butt section of these long leaders – a necessity for competitive anglers (which I am not) who need to have something recognized as actual fly line out of the guides – but this could prove to be an improvement over the long-leader / leader-to-hand strategies I’ve adapted to. Time will tell on this, & I’ll update on my experience as I play with it more in this setting.
But for short-line, “Czech” nymphing, where I have between a foot and a rod-length of line out of the guides, this stuff is fantastic.
- very light weight, so essentially no line sag when tight-lining with as much as a rod-length (or more) of line out;
- small diameter, so doesn’t “sail” in the wind as much as a standard line would;
- very supple
- not slick or slippery. Now this is in contrast with a lot of contemporary line development, which emphasizes slippery/slick lines for shootability, but here we aren’t going for distance – the thing is, this stuff hangs up lightly in the guides, so it doesn’t fall back when just leader, or leader & a bit of line, is out of the tip-top. Used to drive me nuts when trying to use a “normal” line.
& It still casts just fine on my 2- to 3-wt rods for dry fly work at sane ranges.
Now here’s the thing. It’s a double taper, 80′ long. I don’t need 80′ of line for tight-line nymphing. Even when fishing traditionally on large water, if I have more than 30′ of line out of the guides, I’m probably showing off & not seriously fishing (except when I’m using my 4-wt trout spey rod with soft hackles, more on that later). But I’m thrilled that Rio makes it this way, ’cause –
I cut it in half. 2 lines for the price of 1. & Tie the backing to the cut center, for a 40′ line. I bought 2 of these lines, so have one for my 11′ 3-wt, one for my 10′ 2-wt, and one for each of my sons.
I’d been using a Rio LT double taper 000-wt line on my nymphing rods prior to this, & that was working well for all the same reasons, but this is a significant improvement even over that; a bit finer, more supple, and less line fall-back.
So for “Czech” nymphing, a very high rating.
For replacing the long butt sections of my “French” and leader-to-hand leaders, the cards are out, I’ll update this after a season’s trials.