Multi-Tip Lines - are they worth the cost?

Sticker shock seems to be the order of the day when it comes to multi-tip fly lines. At $100 or more it's perfectly understandable, but there is considerable value in considering this option.

The majority of these lines are supplied with three or four tips that range from floating through various sinking densities. The running line and rear half of the belly are floating and the front part of the belly, front taper and tip form the interchangeable section. These generally range in length from 15 to 30 feet depending on the manufacturer.

If you think about it, you're getting 4 lines for the price of one. However the real cost savings comes on spools. You only spool the rear taper and the running line onto the spool so you only need one!

Portability is a big important consideration. The tips are usually stored in a neat little wallet that takes up far less space than three or four spools.

Flexibility is what I really like. You can quickly modify your approach, moving from all the way from small dry flies to streamer patterns while using a single outfit. In my view this factor is enough to justify purchasing one of these lines.

The weight forward profile is depicted in the diagram which follows - courtesy of Rio Products

Comment: I particularly like the RIO line of products.

The early forms of multi-tip lines were pretty difficult to control as the joints were bulky and would catch in the eyes of the rod while casting or while playing fish. The joint was nylon (loop-to-loop) that on some lines caused a hingeing effect while casting. These problems have been addressed by line manufacturers and now, in the main, they are produced with the loop built into the line to achieve smooth, efficient energy transfer.