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Choosing the right fly line for your fishing situations can be challenging; your line must work in concert with your rod, reel, and leader. When choosing line, there are several considerations: weight, taper, density, color, backing, and leaders.

Leaders come in several lengths and sizes, and the choice you make on the water depends on the fishing conditions and your fly sizes. We recommend you have several choices available at any given time.

The tippet is the part of the leader to which your fly attaches. Leaders and tippets are typically rated on an “œX” factor from 0X to 8X that indicates their size, where 0X is the thickest and 8X is the thinnest.

For questions about lines, leaders, or tippets, call (907) 586-1550 or email us for more information.

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  • Ideal for all your salmon, steelhead, and big trout fishing in Alaska. Save money when you buy the 3 ...
    Ideal for all your salmon, steelhead, and big trout fishing in Alaska. Save money when you buy the 3-Pack!
  • The Premier Rio Grand with Slick Cast Coating is the perfect Alaskan line. The fly line is graded a ...
    The Premier Rio Grand with Slick Cast Coating is the perfect Alaskan line. The fly line is graded a full line size heavier than industry standard, so the Grand works best on fast-action rods with big flies. Even with its over sized taper, it is an extremely smooth casting line. Add Rio's Slick Cast to the mix and our most popular fly line just got better.
  • This is our favorite sink tip line for Alaska. The short, heavy head loads quickly and at short ...
    This is our favorite sink tip line for Alaska. The short, heavy head loads quickly and at short range, is easy to mend, and gets down in the strike zone quickly. The density compensated tip makes strike detection easier.
  • If you are fishing where you need to get deep to reach big fish this is the line. The head portion o ...
    If you are fishing where you need to get deep to reach big fish this is the line. The head portion of the line is 30 feet of Type 6 sink tip. It will easily get you down 10, 20, 30+ feet deep. Plus it casts like a dream. 


    From Us:
    We love the Outbound Short for fishing off the beach for kings or silvers, or in larger rivers where dropping your fly through heavy current is mandatory. This line is the best out there for turning over big flies and when you let it go it really flies! Plus the ultra-low stretch in the line makes for solid hook ups. 

    Exceptionally powerful, easy casting, line built for maximum distance, with ultra-low stretch performance.

    The Outbound Short is a 100 foot line. The running line is 70 feet of intermediate sink and the head is 30 feet of Type 6 (6.0 ips) sink tip. 

    From Rio:
    RIO's InTouch OutBound Short series of lines are designed to cast large and heavy flies very long distances. Built with RIO's ultra-low stretch ConnectCore Technology. A short, aggressive front taper easily carries large, weighted streamers, while the powerful head design loads rods deeply and efficiently for effortless casts. A full range of densities make this a very versatile line series. Each line features RIO's XS Technology for super slick performance, and is built with a supple, coldwater coating that ensures the line remains tangle-free.

    - Ultra-low stretch ConnectCore for maximum performance
    - Front loaded to cast large flies with ease
    - Designed for easy distance
    - XS Technology for a super slick coating
    - Welded loops for fast rigging
  • Save money when you buy the 3-Pack! ...
    Save money when you buy the 3-Pack!
  • The Rio Single Hand Spey line is the best all around Alaskan standard fly line we have seen in ages. ...
    The Rio Single Hand Spey line is the best all around Alaskan standard fly line we have seen in ages. This line is fabulous for overhanding large streamers, and also practicing your spey cast.
  • The Rio Gold is one of our favorite lines for trout fishing or salmon fishing with moderately weight ...
    The Rio Gold is one of our favorite lines for trout fishing or salmon fishing with moderately weighted flies. Now featuring Rio's Slick Cast Coating, the Gold is even better. It is an extremely smooth casting line that brings out the best in medium fast rods. From short dry fly presentations to long casts and mends, the Rio Premier Gold is as smooth as it gets.
  • This fly line is ideal for nymph style fishing under an indicator, throwing roll casts, and mending ...
    This fly line is ideal for nymph style fishing under an indicator, throwing roll casts, and mending large flies in fast moving water. Whether you are trout, salmon or steelhead fishing, this line will do the trick.
  • The perfect leader for floating line fishing for salmon and steelhead. These leaders are thicker and ...
    The perfect leader for floating line fishing for salmon and steelhead. These leaders are thicker and stiffer than a trout leader and will keep the fly and fish attached to your line!
  • Our favorite Alaskan trout leader. They turn over flies like no other leader. Rio's tapered trout le ...
    Our favorite Alaskan trout leader. They turn over flies like no other leader. Rio's tapered trout leaders are super strong, stealthy, and easy to cast. All come with a loop knot for easy attachment to your fly line.
  • A superb line for casting large bulky flies. The Big Nasty handles Dolly Llamas, Lead Eye Leeches an ...
    A superb line for casting large bulky flies. The Big Nasty handles Dolly Llamas, Lead Eye Leeches and other assorted Alaska-style patterns with ease. It has an oversized body that loads rods easily and the front of the body has a bulked up taper that turns over big flies but still feels smooth on the cast.
  • Rio's Skagit Max Short is our choice for switch rods as well as your single hand rod. The taper real ...
    Rio's Skagit Max Short is our choice for switch rods as well as your single hand rod. The taper really loads your rod to allow easy casts and the ability to pick up big flies and deliver them. At the same time, the subtle taper generates smooth loops that really fly! 
  • Connect Core Running Line is quickly becoming a favorite of switch and Spey casters. If you like a c ...
    Connect Core Running Line is quickly becoming a favorite of switch and Spey casters. If you like a coated (non-mono) running line then check this one out.

    It has almost no stretch to it so you can feel even the tiniest of grabs. Compare that to a stardard core running line with 30% stretch. The majority of the running line is thin diameter for easy shooting and then right before the head attachment the diameter thickens up for easy handling. The line has a color change every 10 feet so gauging the distance of your cast is easy. 
  • Grip Shooter Running Line from Rio is one of our top choices when fishing Skagit and Scandi Shooting ...
    Grip Shooter Running Line from Rio is one of our top choices when fishing Skagit and Scandi Shooting heads. The coated handling section of this mono running line makes for great casting ease.
  • Rio has come up with a great solution to the problem of twists, kinks and wound up running lines. Ev ...
    Rio has come up with a great solution to the problem of twists, kinks and wound up running lines. Every time you make a Spey or switch cast you are imparting a circular twist into your line. Add to that the tumbling action that occurs during the swing, particularly with short heads, and in very short order your running line will be twisted up and a mess when you try to shoot it. Enter the solution:

    Simply loop the Anti Twist Spey Swivel on the end of your running line and then loop the head to it. A small swivel in the middle allows the head to roll without kinking or winding up your running line. Tangle free casts are coming your way!

    3 per pack and the color is high visibility orange.
  • The perfect salmon and steelhead leader for fishing with a sinking tip line.
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    The perfect salmon and steelhead leader for fishing with a sinking tip line.
  • The Rio Pike leader is our choice for northern pike fishing in Alaska. This 7.5 ft leader tapers dow ...
    The Rio Pike leader is our choice for northern pike fishing in Alaska. This 7.5 ft leader tapers down to 30lb test and then an 18" section of 30lb coated wire is knotted on. A snap link makes changing flies a breeze.
  • The legendary leader material among salmon and steelhead enthusiasts. Very abrasion resistant and ri ...
    The legendary leader material among salmon and steelhead enthusiasts. Very abrasion resistant and ridiculously strong.

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