About a month ago Jon Spiegel discussed with me an opportunity
to go to Nebraska to fish for Pike. I thought it was a good idea
as he had a perfect weekend reserved for us. But you all know how
the "perfect" weekend most of the time works out. Well,
the weekend that we had reserved just happened to be April 30 &
May 1 and we all know how it was here in the Metro area -- we had
snow!! In Nebraska there were only some mild snow flurries that
were actually being released from the heavens in North Dakota and
being blown into Nebraska, meaning that the wind was just short
of hurricane force, and it was COLD!!!
These weather conditions were actually perfect for testing the
9 weight Rio, Clouser Coldwater Fly Line. The temperature on Saturday,
April 30 hovered around 46° ~ 52°.
|The wind was blowing anywhere from 8 ~
25 mph, with it mostly at the higher end. The highest water temperature
that was measured was 47°. Sunday dawned with no wind and fair
skies, but that soon changed dramatically as the air temperature may
have reached 40° and the water temperature reached 42° ...
and did I mention that the wind was blowing? If not, it was anywhere
from 10 ~ 25 mph.
In my opinion and under these conditions the line performed above
and beyond as advertised. The first thing that impressed me was
that the line didn't even need to be stretched before use as there
were no "memory" curls. After fishing Saturday, the warmer
of the two days, there were some twists/curls because I was throwing
size 2/0 Clouser type fly with 3/8" deep sea eyes; these type
of flies tend to "helicopter" quite a bit. When I cut
the fly off and made one cast the "helicopter" curls were
gone and the line was as supple as when it was first removed from
the factory spool at the shop where it was around 72°. I again
tried this same fly on Sunday, May 1 and experienced the same results
when the air temperature may have reached 40°, the water temperature
42°, and the wind was blowing around 10 ~ 25 mph. It also really
turns these large flies over exceptionally well. With all these
factors considered the weather was perfect for the testing of the
Rio Clouser Coldwater Fly Line!!!
The result of all this is that, in my opinion, Rio got it "right"
with this line. I am so impressed with this line that I am going
to purchase a 7 weight Rio Clouser Coldwater Fly Line for my Bass
Casting heavy or wind-resistant flies has always been a challenge,
even for good casters. RIO collaborated with Bob Clouser, famed
fly tier, guide, instructor and conservationist, best known for
inventing the Clouser Minnow, one of the most versatile flies for
both fresh and saltwater. The Clouser line, with a unique
reverse compound taper and a bullet front taper, smoothly transfers
energy to prevent the characteristic "kick" with heavily
weighted flies. This taper effortlessly turns over heavy flies into
the wind for both short and long casts.
By the way, we actually did catch some Pike, not really big but
around the 25" to 30" mark which are nice fish for me
anyway. Even a blind squirrel will find some acorns.