© 2012 Will K Trout LT_Perspective

Fall River Fly Rod: The Line

I’m chomping at the bit; I’ll be honest.  I’m anxious to get on board with not only the blog-fest that will result from this rod and its accessories, but also just thinking in a concrete way about it. I probably won’t see it until July or August, but I can pull a few tricks out before then. If you aren’t aware of the fun going on around the country this Spring and Summer, read up on it here.

First up: let’s talk about line.

Rio is a major sponsor of the Fall River Flyrods travels, along with OBN and Montana Fly Company.  I thought I’d start with arguably the most crucial component of the whole system.  A custom bamboo rod is incredibly awesome, but with nothing to cast…it would get awfully boring.  Really, the line is the engine of any rod; sometimes a big-blog V8 isn’t what you need or want.  Sometimes, you need a finely tuned V6 that’s ported to perfection.  In this case, that’s Rio’s Trout LT (“Light Touch”) line.  They supplied a DT5 for this contest/travel/fish-a-thon.  I wanted to know more about it and had some questions about pairing rods and lines, flies and lines, and fisherman and lines.  Zack Dalton from Rio obliged and provided some great answers and comments.

How does the LT line showcase the unique abilities and qualities of bamboo rods? 

The taper design begins to concentrate the weight of the head about 20ft back from the tip of the line. Having a graduated weight distribution prevents the line from overloading the rod to preserve its action. The 9.5ft long front taper provides accuracy and delicacy for demanding presentations.

What advantages does LT provide on small, spring creeks in tight casting quarters and spooky fish?  Here again the taper design produces accurate and delicate presentations.

The long front taper keeps line weight off the water and in your D loop for positive roll casts and single hand spey casts.

How do you choose LT (or not choose) based on fishing situation and rod choice? Does fly choice play a factor?

Rod action and fly size are important considerations when choosing any fly line. The Trout LT DT performance characteristics are well suited for traditional action rods and smaller flies and accurate casts.  If you wanted to cast a size 4 wooly bugger you would want a line with a different load carrying capacity and a shorter front taper.

When casting with LT, what (if any) alterations to the casting stroke are needed to get the most out of its design? Does this change depending on rod material? 

No change is needed to your casting stroke to accommodate the Trout LT DT. The only thing that changes in the casting stroke is the timing rod stops dependant on the amount of line outside the rod tip.

From a design implementation perspective, how ought the angler use the LT overall to honor its intent, benefits and specific characteristics? How would one fish such that the line is done justice, and how might one abandon its intention and misuse the design of the LT line?

Dry fly presentations and traditional rods actions certainly will do this line justice! Attaching a sinking VersiLeader or casting a lead eyed fly would really detract from this intention of this line.

What is your favorite stretch of water to turn over loops of your LT?

There’s a beautiful piece of water on the lower Henry’s Fork near Chester Idaho that always holds technical bank feeders. These fish can be the biggest dry fly fish of the season and are some of the most educated on the river. The Trout LT DT is the line of choice to target these fish. It will give you the best opportunity to make the perfect cast required to come tight on one of these hogs.

Now, if you are anything like me, you want to know what goes on in the Rio factory up until the point where all the materials become fly line.  When I asked the taboo question of Rio, Kara Armano gently told me where to put that question.  In her words, “we can’t comment on the manufacturing process as it is very much hush hush.”  I had to ask…  She did remind me of the great video from Rio released through MidCurrent, though.  We could all use more knowledge about what we’re actually using and why things are the way they are (or aren’t).  So, on Rio’s tab, have some free education:

I’ve used Rio lines since my earliest days of fly fishing.  The no-nonsense approach in terms of design, marketing and performance has kept me a Rio fisherman.  In years past, I spent the majority of my water time in tiny-to-small spring creeks after small-to-medium wild trout.  Immediately, the LT series became not only my favorite to cast on a range of my 2-3wt rods, but a tool I learned to rely on.  No other line that I’ve cast, especially in those situations, lays down a dry or soft-hackle more delicately or accurately.   Even the colors are stealthy, if not downright deadly.

Depending on the time of year it arrives on my doorstep, the amount of PBR I’ve consumed in the prior week, and the weather, I may or may not be fishing dries.  I probably won’t be, honestly.  Regardless of what I end up offering up to the local trout, I have no concerns that the LT will be able to handle it.  …even if that happens to be a #2 Peanut Envy.


  1. Posted April 26, 2012 at 10:34 pm | #

    Love the LT on my 3 and 4wt. It’s perfect for small streams.

  2. Posted April 27, 2012 at 3:19 pm | #

    Thanks for the info…now I want this line. Must. Try. It. :)

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