rio density compensated
Needed a sinking line for my new/used 8 wt., as my old 200 grain line simply would not load the rod. Decided to go with the Rio density compensated sinking head as I have never tried any rio lines.
So far I think it's great--running line is a little stiffer than similar integrated shooting head style lines from Teny, Orvis depthcharge, Airflo depthfinder etc, so it seems less prone to tangle.
I tend to fish these lines about 75% of the time since I deepwater fish a lot, so we shall see how it holds up over the season, but so far I'd reccomend it.
I am a believer in comp'ed sink lines, especially in currents and rocky drop offs. In currents, often the tapered end / leader rides higher than the belly of the sink line giving a false impression of the working depth. Having the front bite deeper helps a lot whether fishing for steelhead in a fast deep run -or- stripers in a tide rip. Also with rocky deep drops I hate how working the fly to a good depth gets the belly into the danger zone in sharp barnacle encrusted rocks as you strip the fly home. Density comp'ed (also called uniform sink) lines are much easier to keep out of the rocks for those times when you are thinking about where the fly is not the belly of the line.
Unfortunately I havent seen them in the compact head configurations (QD, Deep Sea, depth Charge, etc)... anyone else?
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