RIO Elite Metered Shooting Line
An incredibly sensitive shooting line with low-stretch, ultra-slick performance, and metered for easy distance evaluation.
- RIO Elite Metered Shooting Line is an incredibly sensitive shooting line with fantastic, no-tangle performance. The best shooting line ever made.
- Distinctive Range Finder Color Change every 10′ allowing for precise casting and effective casting and fishing
- RIO’s ConnectCore Plus Technology (RIO’s next-generation, low-stretch core provides a radical increase in line durability, smoothness and performance. The highest-performing, longest-lasting freshwater lines in the world are built around ConnectCore Plus.)
- RIO’s SlickCast Line Technology (SlickCast creates the slickest, most durable coating on the market – producing the least amount of friction ever measured on a fly line.)
- Short front Taper stabilizes the cast and ensures maximum distance and flight time
- Supple Coating lies straight on the water and will not bunch up on the shoot and tangle
- RIO’s Easy ID (laser printed on the line so you’ll never have to guess when the sticker falls off your spool!)
- RIO’s Welded Loops front and rear (super strong and super easy to attach heads and to backing)
- 100′ long, in 4 diameters perfect for 2-weight Trout Spey to 11-weight King Salmon and Steelhead
- Made in the USA (Go, team, go!)
RIO’s Elite Metered Shooting Line is the ultimate shooting line; packed with features that result in long casts, greater hookups and more efficient fishing. The low stretch core provides enhanced detection of takes, more positive hook sets, and far greater control when playing a fish. In addition, the line features RIO’s “RangeFinder” system, with a color change every 10ft making it easy for anglers to gauge how far each cast is, and consistently fish through a pool. A short front taper stabilizes the cast and ensures maximum distance and flight time, while large welded loops on each end allow for fast rigging changes.
In addition, this line is built with SlickCast, creating the slickest, most durable coating on the market—producing the least amount of friction ever measured in a fly line.
Both ends of the shooting line have large, 8″ welded loops to allow anglers to easily thread through whole shooting head coils, or reels for speedy rigging. The first couple of feet is thicker right behind the loop to match up with your shooting head, allowing for better turnover and more stability during your casting stroke.
There are 4 sizes available, with the following specs:
0.026″ – Orange/Gray. 20lb core. Ideal for heads between 200-450gr (2-5wt -Trout Spey)
0.032″ – Orange/Green. 20lb core. Ideal for heads between 450-575gr (5 to 8wt)
0.037″ – Orange/Blue. 30lb core. Ideal for heads between 575-675gr (6 to 9wt))
0.042″ – Orange/Straw Yellow. 30lb core. Ideal for heads over 675gr (9 to 11wt)
Here’s a some informative videos on Vimeo featuring our friend and Spey guru, Simon Gawesworth, explaining all about the new RIO Trout Spey line series: RIO’s Upcoming 2019 Trout Spey and Skagit Trout Spey Lines. RIO’s InTouch Trout Spey Lines and Heads. And the RIO ConnectCore Metered Shooting Line.
Shop Staff Notes: This RIO Elite Metered Shooting Line is our new favorite shooting line to use! Besides feeling totally connected to your fly -and to the fish, you can be precise with the distance you are casting which will greatly aid you in fishing a run effectively. Chris Strainer has been marking his shooting lines every 10′ for years to help with efficiency in covering a run. Yes, it can be an ego booster (or buster) by letting you know just how far you can cast but it’s real benefit in the consistency and efficiency of fishing a run. Here’s an example- Let’s say you start fishing a run and you work your cast out to where you have 4 color changes -so 40′ of the shooting line out. Then you snag the bottom and have to break the fly off. (You usually have to reel in the slack and do a straight line pull, often having to step backwards.) [This same scenario work if you actually catch a fish too!] Now, you’ve tied on a new fly or released the fish and you want to start back to where you just swung and continue to work down the run. You simply need to wade back to your spot, pull out the number of color changes of shooting line you were using before and make your cast and your back with the program!
The metered coloring is also useful in helping you cast when you use the “50% Rule” -dividing the shooting line your strip in, in half -holding it on two different fingers (I use my ring finger and my index finger of my top hand). You can easily accomplish this by visually seeing the metered part and making the 50% split precise. [If this sound uber confusing and you are wondering what the heck Strainer is writing here -then you should take either our Free Spey Casting Clinic or a Private Spey Casting Lesson. It’s much easier to see it and do it rather than try to figure it out from reading about it.]
Check out our friend, Simon Gawesworth, explaining all about this new RIO Elite Metered Shooting Line in this short RIO Video. The low-stretch, ConnectCore Plus is super legit! You really can notice the difference on hook sets, fighting fish but really feel the difference when you snag the bottom and have to pull it free or break the fly off. Here’s what Chris Strainer says about this line technology: “The first time I used it and had to do that (pull a fly from being snagged), I was shocked and pleased! I have used several different Shooting Lines in the past 15+ years of Spey casting and fishing for Steelhead and for Trout Spey, I have now switched over to RIO Elite and/or ConnectCore Shooting Line on all my reels for all my shooting heads. I can recommend this Shooting Line whole heartily for any Spey catster, any skill level.” Perfect shooting line to use with RIO Scani-Short Versitp Shooting Heads or Skagit Shooting Heads.
TEXTURED Fly Lines we carry: Freshwater: Orvis PRO Power Taper Textured, Orvis PRO Trout Textured, Orvis PRO Textured Saltwater Tropic; SA Amplitude MPX Fly Line, SA Amplitude Textured Infinity, SA Amplitude Trout;
SMOOTH Fly Lines we carry: Freshwater: Orvis PRO Power Taper Smooth, Orvis PRO Trout Smooth, SA Amplitude Smooth Infinity, SA Mastery MPX, SA Mastery ART, SA Frequency Trout, Orvis Hydros WF Trout, Orvis Hydros Superfine, Orvis Clearwater; RIO InTouch Gold, RIO InTouch Technical Trout, RIO InTouch Perception, RIO InTouch Trout-Steelhead Indicator; RIO FIPS Euro Nymph, RIO Euro Nymph Shorty;
Big Game/Saltwater/Tropical: SA Amplitude Smooth Titan Long, SA Amplitude Smooth Grand Slam, SA Amplitude Smooth Infinity Salt, SA Amplitude Smooth Redfish Cold, SA Amplitude Smooth Redfish Warm, SA Mastery Redfish Cold, SA Mastery Redfish Warm; Orvis PRO Smooth Saltwater All Rounder, Orvis Hydros Saltwater All Rounder;
Spey/Switch Lines: RIO Trout Spey LINE, RIO SKAGIT Trout Spey LINE, RIO Trout Spey HEAD, RIO Skagit Trout Spey HEAD, RIO InTouch Switch Chucker, RIO Scandi-Short Versitip, RIO Elite Skagit Max Power, RIO Elite Skagit Max Launch, RIO Skagit Max, RIO Skagit Max Short, RIO Elite Metered Shooting, RIO ConnectCore Metered Shooting, RIO ConnectCore Shooting;