MemberDecember 17, 2019 at 5:33 pm
What’s your all around favorite line? Are you a Rio guy or a SA guy? What lines from the company?
Looking to figure out what line I want for my christmas outfit, trout rod.
FISHYFISHY513GuestDecember 17, 2019 at 5:33 pm
I have fished Rio and SA. I started using Orvis Hydros after a deal last year, and I have used it on all rods since. Of course I think SA makes their lines. I just dont know what the equivalent is in SA, so I just keep with Orvis.
Floats well, shoots well. No memory issues. I am happy with it.
One I have always wanted to try was that Wulff Triangle Taper for my bamboo rod. If I ever get around to it.
fishnogeekGuestDecember 17, 2019 at 5:33 pm
I grew up on Cortland, switched to Rio about 25 years ago, and these days I run a mix of SA and Rio and the odd Airflo. So long as you’re getting a line that’s matched to your fishing place and style – like being sure to get a tropical line if you’ll be fishing somewhere hot, say, and not getting a streamer head if you’re going to be mostly throwing dry flies – then I’m not sure you can go wrong with either Rio or SA these days.
One thing to watch is whether or not it’s weighted a half-size heavy. For instance, the SA Amplitude MPX in a WF5 is actually more of a WF5.5, which might be great for a faster rod, whereas their Amplitude Trout is more like an old-school WF5 taper suited to more of a medium action rod. If you can, take your rod to a shop and see if they’ll let you try both of those lines – see which your rod and stroke seems to prefer.
Braeden351GuestDecember 17, 2019 at 5:33 pm
The airflo Superflo river and stream and Scientific Anglers VPT are hands down my two favorites on my 9′ 5wt for trout. They’re delicate when needed, you can throw smaller streamers with them, and it tight spaces they roll cast and spey cast like a dream. Easily the most versatile lines made as long as you aren’t trying to throw lead-eyed 5-inch streamers.
Human_G_GnomeGuestDecember 17, 2019 at 5:33 pm
Since I tend to fish smaller waters and almost always fish small dries, I fish with a Rio double taper line. I get a more delicate cast and get twice the life out of it then I would from a weight forward line.
Hillehaus1GuestDecember 17, 2019 at 5:33 pm
I like the Orvis hydros WF trout line. I have that on my 5wt. I also have the Orvis hydro steelhead/salmon on my 8wt.
I use this line because every year it goes on sale for $29-39 during Christmas sales. It’s good $79-99 line which I generally can’t afford since my 2 year old takes up all my income. Check out the sale, it’s still on I think.
Spotburner_monthlyGuestDecember 17, 2019 at 5:33 pm
SA mpx, or rio gold. Whats the rod you are pairing with?
Philx570GuestDecember 17, 2019 at 5:33 pm
I have sa, rio, airflo, and orvis. I like them all. Do you have friends or a fly shop who will let you demo some lines?
gdj_GuestDecember 17, 2019 at 5:33 pm
I too take advantage of the Orvis line sale. Hydros saltwater on my 8wt. Good at throwing big bass flies but can also throw smaller more delicate presentations for grass carp. Clearwater WF on my 5 wt. I don’t to any trout fishing and really enjoy the .5 size up for smaller bass and panfish. I find it double hauls quite well. I’m sure their trout specific lines would be great, and fantastic for the price.
StreamerstripperGuestDecember 17, 2019 at 5:33 pm
Without question it would be the rio single handed Spey. Incredible all around line for Spey casting and overhead casting. Nothing I’ve ever fished comes close.
UrsinusGradGuestDecember 17, 2019 at 5:33 pm
I have a couple rio gold lines that I like a lot in 3 and 4 weight. I have Orvis hydros in a 4 that I can’t stand, as it holds curls bad on my small arbor Cortland reel. I also have some older Cortland lines that have held up well. If I were buying right now, I’d get another Rio line.
swampgutsGuestDecember 17, 2019 at 5:33 pm
CT-Mast23GuestDecember 17, 2019 at 5:33 pm
Royal Wulff Triangle Taper (Joan Wulff Signature). I had a post on here a while back asking a similar question, someone recommended their products and I haven’t looked back. Loads quickly and effortlessly, has split color for weighted section and shooting line, great presentation for dry flies. I used to be a big Rio fan, and still am on my bass and saltwater rods, but use Royal Wulff on all my 2-5 weights.