RIO Mainstream Clear Intermediate Fly Line
My most versatile sinking fly line in lakes and ponds is the clear-finish RIO Mainstream Clear Intermediate. A slow sink rate (1 – 2 ips) allows my flies to be fished in shallow water without them immediately sinking into the silt or vegetation. This is particularly important when the wind is blowing and a floating fly line bellies as a result, creating a slack curve in the floating line. Strikes will go undetected or missed because of the belly. This clear intermediate sinks underneath the surface currents for a straight-line, direct contact with the flies. Cast or troll it. This is a must-have line for all successful lake fly anglers. To purchase this line from Amazon CLICK HERE OR ON THE IMAGE of the fly line below.
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My favorite go-to pair of searching patterns in stillwaters, which I will troll and/or cast on the Mastery Stillwater fly line, are a size 12 Bead Head Prince and #8 Midnight Bugger, with or without a bead. I separate them by about 30″ on my leader. The Bugger is on the dropper, with the Prince on the point.