Rio fly lines - MidSpey review
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Rio MidSpey Spey casting fly line

Description

Tan coloured line has a compound front taper comprising of a tip, 7 feet taper, 8 feet of level line, 4 feet of taper nine feet of level and anther 4 feet of taper before reaching the body of the weight forward portion, which is 28 feet 6 inches long. The rear taper is two feet long and the rest of the 130 feet long line is running line. Total head length including front and rear tapers is 65 feet.

Performance

This is described by Jim Vincent as "for the Spey caster who has mastered the basic techniques and is looking for a line that will help improve both casting distance and fishing prowess". Although the description of the front taper appears to be complicated it arises from the manufacturing technology and the the need to balance the taper to obtain good energy dissipation along the line. In practice this is by far the most predictable and easiest of the Rio Spey lines and it encourages the use of good technique and smooth casting. Finish is smooth and the line shoots well. It certainly ranks in the top group of Spey lines. From a personal point of view the "weight forward head" is not long enough for anyone wanting to cast long distances, 80 feet would have been a better length but 65 feet produces a respectable loop and is ideal for the type of angler that the line was designed for and indeed for most anglers. Certainly my favourite from this stable.

Rio MidSpey with interchangeable tips

This is the expensive version of the above line that comes with a wallet and three additional 15 foot tips that can be looped off and on the line easily to achieve different presentation depths. It also has an additional loop-to-loop join in the fly line 11 feet further up the line that is presumably designed to allow the line to be used with a 30 foot tip or shooting head. The tips supplied are floating, clear intermediate (type 1), a type 3 and a type 6 sinking. Matching tips of vastly different densities to a floating line is not easy but in this case the result is acceptable and I found that even the type 6 tip would Spey cast well providing that the D loop is kept tensioned during the process and for that to happen about half of the sink tip has to be in the active part of the loop, i.e. out of the water. Unfortunately I have not tried any of the other interchangeable tip lines and so a comparison is impossible at this time, I can however confirm that this line is on a reel and in my fishing bag, it has already landed a few salmon and I expect to use it regularly.

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