rio grand floating fly line
A few years ago I lent my favorite brook trout rod to a friend for an afternoon. He only had a 9 foot rod and it was cumbersome under the heavy cover so we figured my 7 foot 3wt would help him thread the pine boughs. He was smitten by the setup. It was just a mid range loomis blank; fairly fast tip but the real difference was that it was lined up one weight with a 4wt DT which made the fast rod load very easily at short range. It was a great lesson on rod loading and line weight for him. Guidelines are merely suggestions and can be stretched to match conditions.
This is were the genius of the folks at RIO becomes apparent. The RIO Grand series of lines is weighted one half size larger than spec. This really tames the modern fast action rod. Everyone would like to think they are world class fly casters but in reality very few of us get to spend enough time on the water to really benefit from these ultra-fast rods. Bumping up the line weight just half a size can make all the difference in the world.
I tried this line in an attempt to tame a TFO TiCR-X 8wt. The TiCR-X doesn't behave at all unless the entire head is in the air and I really didn't find it relaxing to cast. Adding the RIO grand line to the equation tamed the high speed rod without destroying her long game. Just the right amount of extra weight to make for an easier day on the water. Lining up to a 9 weight would have overloaded the rod on distance casts. Additionally, the nice gradual rear taper made roll casting a breeze. The slick finish AgentX made the line jump through the guides and float high the entire day. And of course RIO's welded loops are the best in the business.
I was so pleased with my 8wt RIO Grand line that I went out and put it on my 6wt and 5wt. It is a little heavy for my Sage SLT but it makes her perform beautifully on smaller spring creeks at short distances.
As much as I love this line, I know many of our readers are partial to the Orvis Superfine series of rods. I don't think this would be a good match as the Superfine is a fairly slow rod. I don't have one to test but I would imagine it would overload the rod pretty quickly. Anything faster than a medium action and you may have found your new favorite line. I have.