Review: Elite Rio Gold Fly Line

Last updated on November 6th, 2023.

Leonard Schoenberger
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Rio has reworked its Rio Gold Fly Line Series and made it even better. Here is why it’s an excellent all round fly line.

If you enter a fly shop nowadays you are overwhelmed with equipment. There is a special rod, reel and line for basically every situation imaginable. In former days the trend was to have a classic trout setup with a #5 rod, reel and line. A good fly angler was able to cope with a number of different conditions with that one setup.

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Specifications of the Elite Rio Gold

Nam Fly Rod Delgado Close Up
A classic #5 Setup – NAM 9ft1″ #5 Rod and Orvis Battenkill Mark IV Fly Reel with Elite Gold Fly Line WF5F

Use case: freshwater

Line weights: #4-8

Sink rate: float

Color: Moss/Gold/Gray

Price: $129.99

Finding Beauty in Simplicity

There are certainly fly fishermen out there who would argue that speciality equipment has its right to exist. I find beauty in simplicity though. Hence I try to reduce my equipment and use one setup for multiple types of fly fishing. The difficulty in this plan arises from the challenge of finding a great allrounder fly line: enter the Elite Gold Fly Line.

Elite Rio Gold Fly Line on Fly Reel
The Elite Gold Fly Line WF5F – a great Allrounder

Rio is one of the leading global manufacturers of fly lines. I am a big fan of their Rio Single Handed Spey Line and Rio Scandi Versitip System to fish for Atlantic Salmon. Now I got my hands on the new Rio Gold Fly Line WF5F. During my visit to Rudi Heger we got the chance of putting it to the acid test.

Elite Rio Gold Fly Line – Technologies

The Elite Fly Line has a nice color scheme of Moss/Gold/Gray which contributes to its unobtrusive look. When you take it out of the packaging and let it slide through your fingers you take note of the roughened part at its tip. While you might think that the line is damaged at first glance this is actually part of Rio’s MaxFloat Tip technology. It features a coating that floats more than twice as high as regular fly line tips, without any increase in diameter.

Rio Gold WF5F Fly Line 2020
The Multicolor System of the Elite Gold

The Elite Fly Line also features the company’s Slickcast Technology. Rio claims that the line’s coating is the most durable coating on the market producing the least amount of friction ever measured on a fly line. While we can’t proof that we have to admit that the line shoots incredibly well at all distances.

Taper Design of the Elite Rio Gold

Elite Rio Gold Fly Line
Source: Rio Website

Although officially a weight forward (WF) line, the Gold almost casts bit like a double taper (DT) line. This is due to its long head that provides a lot of casting control in any condition. It makes it a pleasure to cast dry flies at short distances because the presentation can be delicate despite a WF head. At long distances the shorter front taper (compared to a DT line) helps to make the line shoot easily. This is a great asset when fishing streamers as well.

Rio Gold Fly Line WF5 on Orvis Battenkill Reel
The Multicolor System Makes it easy to Gauge Distances

The Elite Rio Gold Fly Line features a multicolor system that makes it easy to assess distances and find the right loading point of the line. Once you get used to the right loading point the line almost shoots like a light shooting head if you challenge it. The running line merges seamlessly with the head of the fly line. Welded loops at both ends make it easy to rig. It comes in WF4F to WF8F.

Verdict on the Elite Rio Gold

At $129.99 the new Rio Gold Fly Line doesn’t come cheap. It represents the pinnacle of Rio’s fly line development. It is a great choice if you are looking for an all around fly line. If you consider the multi purpose usability the price is put into perspective. We have had several Rio fly lines in use over the years and their durability is extraordinary.





What distinguishes the Elite fly line from other fly lines in the market?

The Elite Rio fly line stands out due to its exceptional performance and advanced technologies. It features a low-stretch ConnectCore Plus for superior sensitivity and lightning-fast hook sets. This line also incorporates SlickCast, a cutting-edge coating that reduces friction, enhances durability, and ensures longer casts. Additionally, the Gold offers a finely tuned taper for precise presentations and effortless mending.

Is the Rio Gold fly line suitable for various fishing situations?

Yes, it is designed to excel in a wide range of fishing scenarios. Whether you’re casting delicate dry flies on a tranquil stream or targeting larger game fish with streamers in faster currents, this fly line’s versatile taper and performance characteristics make it suitable for various angling environments. I like it in particular for dry fly presentations.

Can I use the Rio Gold fly line in saltwater fly fishing?

While the line is primarily designed for freshwater applications, it can be used in certain saltwater situations, such as flats fishing or in estuaries. However, for more aggressive saltwater species and conditions, a dedicated saltwater fly line may be a better choice.

Is this fly line available in different sizes and weights to match my fly rod?

Yes, the Gold fly line is available in a range of sizes and weights to suit various fly rods and fishing preferences. You can choose the specific line weight that matches your rod and the type of fishing you intend to do. Line weights range from #4 to #8.

How should I care for and maintain my Rio Elite Rio Gold fly line to ensure its longevity?

To prolong the life of your fly line, it’s essential to clean it regularly. Rinse it with freshwater after each fishing trip to remove dirt and debris. You can also use a mild detergent and a soft cloth to gently clean the line. Avoid exposing it to harsh chemicals or direct sunlight for extended periods, as this can affect its performance and durability.

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