Rio Gold fly line at over 50% off

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  1. MAD777

    MAD777 New Member

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    The attraction for me is the long rear taper. That helps avoid the hinging effect when I aerialize a lot of line for a long cast. Also, It's not overweighted by more than one line size like what seems to be the current trend.

    For me, it casts true whether short or long and feels comfortable (whatever that means).

    Back when Rio was making Sage lines (before both were owned by the same parent) the same taper was called, "Sage Ultimate Performance Taper." I always liked that line.


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  2. msteudel

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    Is this a good all around line?
     
  3. PT

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    Hold an orange flyline over your head with the sky in the background. Now, hold a black flyline over your head with the sky in the background. Tell me which has a more visible silhouette.
     
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    Yes. Arguably one of the best all around lines.

    It fishes like a half size heavier though, which isn't a bad thing. Just be aware of that.
     
  5. Olive bugger

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    HERE IT IS, STRAIGHT FROM RIO HEADQUARTERS.

    "It is indeed the same line, taper, etc… Just one color to keep the costs down for Cabela’s and allow them to sell the line as a less expensive sale item. Please let me know if you have further questions or comments. Have a great day!"
     
  6. silvercreek

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    They must have run out of the single color gold line in the 5 wt because I got the two toned version.
     
  7. TANGLES

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    I sucked in. Have an SB after my product number. Guessing Special Buy. Whatever, looking forward to it. It's been too many years on my old line, and I should have no problem seeing it. Don't know whether I'm getting this from my son or daughter for Xmas. Thanks kids.
     
  8. Olive bugger

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    Well, my line arrived this week. Everything I was led to believe was not correct. They sent me what appears to be the top of the line. It is two colors and marked as the higher priced line in the catalog. The only thing I can see is that the box is the older style and the line is the newer style.


    As of this morning (12/12/2013), Cabelas is still selling these lines at roughly 50% off. No free shipping but free pickup at the store.
     
  9. aaron s.

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    This is incorrect. Here it is straight from me at the RIO HQ. These are old Gold's from before the technology change of a few years ago. Same color and taper but WITHOUT MaxCast Technology or a MaxFloat tip.
    Cheers.
     
  10. jessejames

    jessejames Flyslinger

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    This is incorrect. Here it is straight from me at the RIO HQ. These are old Gold's from before the technology change of a few years ago. Same color and taper but WITHOUT MaxCast Technology or a MaxFloat tip.
    Cheers.
    Thanks for the reply Aaron.
    I think this troubling information.
    Cabelas is selling a name brand line with the same name as the new improved version. Most buyers will think they have the real deal but it is old technology.
    I think that Rio has made a mistake here...
    If Cabelas wanted a Rio line to sell cheaper Rio should have made a line with another name without the new technology.
    This line will probably perform great for most fly fishers. But it is not a Rio Gold.
    Another case of the big box stores pressuring the manufacturers to do it cheaper for them, and Far Bank (Rio) buckled, too bad.
    jesse
     
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    Thanks for the update, Aaron. Well, I wonder what they will cast like.
    As soon as I can get out, I will try it.
     
  12. golfman44

    golfman44 4-Time Puget Sound Steelhead Guide of the Year

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    So a 2013 Toyota Camry is not a Toyota Camry by your definition because there is now a 2014 Toyota Camry available? Companies release new models of the same product all the time, especially fly line companies.. Rio just redid the Outbound Shorts this past year, and again they are redoing them next year so they are on discount at $34.99 despite being "new" this year.

    It is pretty obvious that these were the old Rio Gold fly lines even before contacting Rio. Cabelas clearly had a picture of the old model. That being said, they are still Rio Gold's and if you bought one, you still got a great fly line at a pretty good price. Sure it doesn't have the newest technology from Rio, but that is to be expected given the old model that was pictured and the discounted price. Also when you consider they still were offering the new model, with the new model pictured, at full price, its even more evident that these discounted ones were probably the old model.

    It seems two people here got different responses from Rio, and while that is unfortunate, it is to be expected seeing as they probably have some random intern or something answering customer emails.
     
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    Both responses supposedly from Rio sound to me like these are newly manufactured lines that were made just so Cabelas could sell them for less but they do not have the technology of the "new Gold" but are still being marketed as GOLD lines.
    That would be like Toyota making 2014 Camrys with 2013 technology and marketing them to consumers, who don't know the difference, as the same as the 2014, but selling then for 10k.
    Oh and another thing. Did all of the independent shops have the opportunity to buy these pseudo-Gold lines for a budget price so they compete with Cabelas? Prolly not.
    I still think Rio sold out. to the big box.
    Next we will see Rio Grands at Costo for a six pack for $100.00. But they really won't Grands just Semi-Grand.
    jesse
     
  14. Roger Nott

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    What a hoot. Anybody with half a brain could see that this is the pre-2013 packaging and should have known that what they were buying was the the nats a$$ a year ago and is now incapable of catching fish. Rumor is that the the 2015 gold will have tears from the eyes of newt adorned on it by the finger tips of the Virgin Mary. SA will counter with some formula invented by the gay nazis for christ.

    The pre-2013 lines have been selling for this price for a year now at the right places. It's a good deal.
     
  15. golfman44

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    I think you should re-read what Rio told him:
    Plus to top it off, it was so obvious these were the old Rio Gold's based on the price and picture. Should have known before purchasing, as I stated the day this was posted here.