Everything about my fly-fishing gear is an exercise in scattered thinking, tackle tinkering and a neurotic curiosity that would make Desperate Housewives seem normal.
Nowhere is this more true than in matching rods with lines and never has there been as many line options as there are today.
At present, when I lawn-test new light trout rods I can run up to four or five different lines through them to gauge their full potential. In general, more supple, lighter lines seem to suit the slower rods, and the faster ones benefit from more aggressive and heavier tappers. Some rods are line fussy and some aren’t—no surprises there.
Despite all this testing, I’ve recently come to the realisation that, outside of gear testing, all the floating lines I actually fish with, from 3-weight to 7-, are now RIO Perceptions. They’ve become the medication that keeps this fly-fishing madhouse together.
On my 3-weight rods, be it short- or standard-length, slow, medium or fast, glass or graphite, the line works very well and this is the thing that really sold me on the Perception. I can’t seem to find a rod that doesn’t get along with one. I would put a lot of that down to the ‘In Touch’ low-stretch core because it’s a completely new beast in trout-sized fly lines.
The main advantages of the ‘In Touch’ core are increased sensitivity through the length of the line and lower energy sapping stretch. These same qualities make roll casting on small water or mending on big water a whole new beautiful ball game that’s never been easier to play.
Add distance without effort to any rod, better accuracy at distance, easier turnover of longer leaders and hands-down better wind-cutting skills than any other floating line I’ve ever cast.
Of course it’s not all twig fishing here and the lines also shine with heavy nymph/indicator rigs on fast 5- to 6-weight rods.
A favourite over the big water on the tailrace section of the Mitta Mitta River is a 10’ #5 Sage One with a WF #6 Perception.
I regularly work my way up a great, almost endless section of ripples with a pair of nymphs and indicator and then switch to swinging a Woolly Bugger on the way back downstream.
For both rigs, line control, mending and airilising heavy flies on the big rod is brilliant thanks mostly to the stiffer core of the line.
On my heaviest and beastliest rod, a 9’6 Sage Method, the WF#7 gets it loaded like Barney on a big night at Moe’s and it belts out heavy rigs as easily as a single small dry. The same rod, when paired with the WF#6 could almost be described as subtle… almost.
I couldn’t tell you with absolute certainty if the Perception is the best line for your gear and the sort of fishing you like, but I can say with complete confidence, when it comes to trout, they’re the best I’ve found for mine.
RIO ‘In Touch’ Perception lines come weight forward in lines #3 to #8. The length is 80’ for the 3, 90’ for the 4 and 5 and 100’ for the 6 through 8’s.
Head length is relatively short running from 35′ to 38′ feet or around 10 meters.
The lines are three colour with either a dull olive camo head or a bright green head for higher visibility needs.
In all weights, the lines have welded loops at either end to make rigging or changing lines completely painless and quick and they are also printed with a very small, and very useful indication of line and weight in case you forget.