RIO Xtreme Indicator Fly Line

RIO recently announced a new addition to its selection of fly lines designed specifically for nymph fishing, one which it is calling the most "mend-friendly line ever." The new line, named the Xtreme Indicator, is also the latest in RIO's growing InTouch series lineup, which includes lines built on RIO's ultra low-stretch ConnectCore technology.

RIO Xtreme Indicator

According to RIO, "Anglers looking for a line to cast nymph rigs with indicators need look no further than the new InTouch Xtreme Indicator line. This line has a short head and a powerful front taper that loads up with a single cast and is the perfect line for carrying heavy loads and for fishing out of a boat."

The Xtreme Indicator line features a thick handling section and long back taper, a design which RIO notes is intended to provide for "better cast timing, easier line lift, and sharp, precise mends."

RIO Xtreme Indicator Fly Line Profile

Also likely to be welcomed by nymphing anglers is RIO's SureFire coloring system for the Xtreme Indicator line, which includes a 9' high-floating, bright orange front section for easy detection of takes and quicker hook sets.


Sigh. I need fewer lines or more reels.

While I applaud Rio for all the innovation, I am a firm believer in the concept of KISS - keep it simple. ...
I'm a minimalist at heart. So it would really be nice if someone (Rio perhaps?) would put together a grid showing which lines could serve multiple functions. For example, could a Rio Outbound short be used as an indicator nymphing line, as well as a river streamer line and maybe even a bass & carp line on lakes?? That would be really helpful, not only from a financial perspective, but also save me from hauling around a 100 pounds of different fly lines so I have the 'right' one with me should I come across a lake or stream I'd like to explore.