There are those of us in the fly-fishing world who like to throw flies at fish that many think ought to be left alone - big tuna, marlin and the like. For that crowd gear becomes critical, and fly lines form the link and the means by which we connect to the target. When it comes to big fish, part of the problem with fly lines is that very few really fit the need: thin, superstrong and able to carry for long casts if necessary. Rio's new Leviathan line fills the bill perfectly.
This line features an incredibly strong Powerflex core with a tough tropical saltwater coating. It is available in two models, sinking and intermediate, both with 26-foot heads and an aggressive taper. The density-compensated sink-tip version comes in 400, 500 and 600 grains, while the intermediate line is 500 grains. These lines were initially designed to take bluefin tuna off Massachusetts and created with superstrong cores to keep them from popping under heavier tippets. The 400-grain line has a 60-pound core, while the others have a 75-pound core. This added strength gives you peace of mind if you choose to use larger tippets, and alleviates concerns about fins cutting through them in feeding blitzes. These lines also withstand minor scuffs and scrapes without weakening enough to worry about. All Leviathan lines are 100 feet long and retail for $65.
For more information, write to Rio Products, 5050 S. Yellowstone Hwy., Idaho Falls, ID 83402; call 208-524-7760; or visit www.rioproducts.com.