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    My nephew turned 18 and my job was to pick out a light spinning outfit for him, which with the help of Dubby's fishing and Ammo, here in Harrisonburg, was a breeze. But I also thought I would "plant a seed" and give him my old Sage Launch 6wt. I wanted to get him a new line but I didnt want to spend $75 on a new line ($75!!! does anybody else think that is outlandish???). So I saw this Rio Mainstream bass line, $40 online and my local fly shop, Mossy Creek, had it. So I get it and put it on a "vintage" medalist which balances this rod well. Well, I was shocked at how well this line cast and how the line just shot out of the guides!! I mean, this was a harmonic convergence of line and rod for my limited casting skills. Now, its only 80 ft long (not an issue with me I dont think) and has no loops (I can tie a lot of nail knots for $35), but man this line will cast for me. When it comes time for a new line, I will be checking this out. They have a DT in a trout, which I use, and this bass line for my smallmouth rigs. Now in fairness to SA, they just replaced a GPX line for me that was 2 years old due to loop cracking, so they do stand behind their stuff. I'm not familiar with Rio as far as warrenty support. If anyone else is looking for a cheaper alternative for these $$$$ lines, my limited experience with this Mainstream line suggests they deserve a look.
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    The Rio Mainstream lines are really good value lines. Before the Mainstream Bass line came out we often used the Mainstream Saltwater line for bass bugs and other bulky flies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pillcaster View Post
    I wanted to get him a new line but I didnt want to spend $75 on a new line ($75!!! does anybody else think that is outlandish???).
    Having spent a lot of time going through industrial facilities and having been involved in the development of some intellectual materials I understand why the cost of new products are frequently very high. There can be thousands of hours spent by engineers and chemist developing something like a new flyline, none of these guys work cheap and their labs are not low rent either. Personally, I have never been convinced owning one of those state of the art line was going to make me that much better of a fly caster or help me catch more fish.
    It's easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled. Mark Twain

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    Nice thing about fly lines, they will usually last you a few years. So, consider the total cost to buy a fly line. If it is $75 and the line lasts you three years, then it only costs you $25 per year. I don't mind paying that much for top of the line fly lines. Now, consider what it costs just in gas to hop in your truck and drive 40 miles to a fishing spot and back. If you have a full sized pick up then it may cost you as much as $25 just for one fishing trip. Or for me to drive to Ellensburg to fish the Yakima River, I am looking at a 70 dollar bill for fuel. For extended fishing trips, consider all the various costs and the total can easily come up to many thousands of dollars. Compare all that to the $25 or so per year that the fly line cost and the fly line is one of the least expensive items on the table.

    Just for info, I fish almost exclusively with Rio fly lines, they are excellent lines and they give us a wide variety of options to fit all of our fishing needs.

    Larry ---sagefisher---

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Jesse View Post
    Personally, I have never been convinced owning one of those state of the art line was going to make me that much better of a fly caster or help me catch more fish.
    Ditto. (Double ditto since the post had to be more than 10 characters.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by sagefisher View Post
    Nice thing about fly lines, they will usually last you a few years. So, consider the total cost to buy a fly line. If it is $75 and the line lasts you three years, then it only costs you $25 per year. I don't mind paying that much for top of the line fly lines. Now, consider what it costs just in gas to hop in your truck and drive 40 miles to a fishing spot and back. If you have a full sized pick up then it may cost you as much as $25 just for one fishing trip. Or for me to drive to Ellensburg to fish the Yakima River, I am looking at a 70 dollar bill for fuel. For extended fishing trips, consider all the various costs and the total can easily come up to many thousands of dollars. Compare all that to the $25 or so per year that the fly line cost and the fly line is one of the least expensive items on the table.

    Just for info, I fish almost exclusively with Rio fly lines, they are excellent lines and they give us a wide variety of options to fit all of our fishing needs.

    Larry ---sagefisher---
    Valid points, I use this theory on batteries for my boat. People complain about a TM battery only lasting 3 yrs, but if you use the TM every trip for several hours (I do for my style of fishing that is not FF), they don't last forever. I hate to spend the $$ just as much as then next guy, but when you average it out, its no different that going to eat at a decent restuarant or a movie, BUT you still have the line/rod etc.

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    Rio lines are very good, I use them for most of my fishing from small stream to spey and salt water. Lines are expensive but the way I look at is if it cost me $120NZ and it lasts for 3 years then I will have used it at least 120 times and that works out to a dollar a trip, cheeper than a single fly!
    All the best.
    Mike

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