Ongoing advancements in fly line materials and design continue to offer anglers ways to get more out of their casts. Today's fly lines load rods more effectively, shoot farther and accommodate speciality fishing tactics better than their counterparts from yesteryear. But even the best fly lines on the market can't undo our casting flaws, leaving lousy casters with, at most, somewhat better casts. And so it's important not to let that shiny new fly line trick you into thinking you're casting farther, better or more effectively than you really are and to continue working on the fundamentals of your cast. This is especially true for two-handed casters, where minor casting flaws can quickly turn into major casting problems. For these anglers, RIO may have recently released the perfect fly line, its new ConnectCore Metered Shooting Line which, each and every time you huck a line, reminds you exactly how lousy your cast is.
Like a smart-mouthed friend standing on the bank behind you, RIO's new shooting line offers a running critique on every cast you toss. But, instead of basing that critique on dubious knowledge and a questionable skillset, RIO's ConnectCore Metered Shooting Line leverages its unique coloring system, which alternates every 10 feet to allow for easy calculation of just how far (or near) your cast has traveled.
Built on RIO's ConnectCore—its ultra-low stretch line core—the RIO ConnectCore Metered Shooting Line is designed for efficient energy transfer and quick hooksets—both of which are assets to anglers fishing long (or short) lines when spey casting. The line also offers large loops at both ends for quicker, easier rigging.
Another feature unique to this incarnation of its shooting lines is a short front taper which RIO says "is matched to the appropriate sized shooting heads for the shooting line size, ensuring maximum stability, distance, and flight time."
RIO's ConnectCore Metered Shooting Line comes in four sizes—0.026” in orange and gray, 0.032” in orange and green, 0.037” in orange and blue, and 0.042” in orange and yellow color combinations. Available immediately for $59.99.
Stop thinking that your casting stinks. Start knowing. Jokes aside, knowledge is power, and RIO's new metered line offers one more method of being more knowledgable about your own casting. No, distance isn't everything, but it's often a big thing. And being able to gauge the distance and consistency of your casts more accurately will allow you to identify areas and situations where you may need to improve and focus on fixes. All we need now is to get RIO to include metering in its single hand lines, as well.