RIO has been steadily expanding its low-stretch line core, ConnectCore, throughout its fly line catalog since it was introduced in the RIO Perception fly line in 2013. RIO released an updated version its best-selling line with the InTouch RIO Gold this summer and has now announced an updated version of the RIO Grand, another one of its long-time staples and best selling lines.
The new InTouch RIO Grand, like its predecessor, is a full line size heavier than the industry standard. The extra weight is designed to help load fast action rods more easily. In addition to the extra weight, the design of the InTouch Grand exaggerates the weight forward distribution (when compared with other trout lines like the Gold or Perception), placing even more of the line's weight towards the front.
The newly added ConnectCore, according to RIO "provides increased levels of sensitivity for intuitively better cast timing, easier line lift, and sharp, precise mends, while the lack of stretch also means enhanced detection of subtle takes and faster reaction times when setting the hook."
The InTouch RIO Grand also totes along other features which RIO is including in its new lines these days, such as its Easy ID and SureFire line coloring system as well as its MaxCast and MaxFloat technologies. The line is available in WF4F through WF8F for an MSRP of $89.95.