Rio Hover Line- the slow sinking intermediate

featured, Gear, Product Reviews, Product Spotlight — By on May 17, 2012 10:03 am

The new Rio Hover Line is a innovative specialty line that should catch the eye of a range of anglers. Traditionally “intermediate” lines have a sink rate of 2ips (inches per second). This new line has a sink rate of 1ips, and while it technically lives in the same realm as sinks and intermediate lines… this slow sink rate allows the line to replace a floating line in some unique situations.

While fishing this line, I found 3 distinct scenarios where it really stands out and will outperform a floating line.
(Rio markets this line in their “Lake series” but I think these all apply to both moving and still water)

1- Windy chop

Be it a windy lake/pond or a strong up-stream gust… wind will change currents, build chop, and impact the top 2-3inches of the water column.

Ever see a stiff wind push water up stream.. and your fly line along with it?

By dropping below the effected layer of water the Hover line will allow you more connection to the fly and minimize the effect of an upstream wind. On still water the chop/waves will lose your direct connection to the fly, which translates to missing subtle takes. The 1ips gets you below and will have you back in tune with your fly.

2- Divers and Poppers

Deer hear, foam, and cork will all make flies sit high and dry… sometimes almost too high.

Have you ever gone to strip a popper on a dry line, only to have it skitter the surface and not really dig-in and give you that audible POP and disruption of the water?

The Hover line fixes that. With the line sitting 1-2in below the surface, a strip will allow the fly to really dig in and push water. This allows for the POP and surface activity that attract fish…and being such a slow/ un-aggressive sink rate, the flies floatability will still be there. Same thing with divers… the fly follows the line under the surface, but the buoyancy of the fly over-rides the line sink, bringing the fly back to the surface on the pause.

Casting an unweighted streamer into the wind on a choppy lake... it does that

3- Streamer Fishing

There are some realy benifits to fishing unweighted streamers, their ability to move in the water column when fished on a sink line makes them very productive. The slow sink rate of the Hover line afford the angler that same advantage, but without an aggressive sink rate. the Hover Line will get unweighted streamers under the surface and keep them there, perfect for shallow bays/runs/or pools. But it will also fish a weighted streamer in shallow water extremely well. Unlike a floating line, the Hover will not be fighting the weight of the fly, causing it to move up in the water column.

There are a few other nice features with the Hover line.
– The XS Technology coating creates a super slick line that is easy to shoot.
– A subtle Olive color minimizes the spooking of fish.

– Strong welded front loop for easy leader attachment.

– A powerful taper for punching and turning over flies in the wind.

The line comes in 4wt-8wt and is available through any authorized Rio dealer.
For more information about RIO Products, visit

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  1. Michael says:

    You don’t need to buy a new line to fish a popper or diver effectively. Just attach a 5-8′ intermediate or slow intermediate poly-leader to the end of your floating line. Then if you want to go back to a floating line it takes a couple of minutes to change leaders and you don’t need to carry a spare spool.

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