A Native Northern Californian with 45 years of hands on fly fishing for trout, Jon Baiocchi carries on the tradition of sharing the knowledge and the passion passed down from his father; a fly fishing hall of famer, and a legendary voice for saving California fisheries. Jon’s home is the rich flora and fauna of the foothills to the Northern Sierra. Fishing, guiding, public speaking, tying, writing, and teaching. The legacy continues.
Saturday, March 12, 2016
RIO Powerflex Plus Tippet Review
The leader and tippet is the most critical part in connecting our rod, reel, and fly in being successful with when hooked up to our quary. We ask a lot from our leader systems these days from the "turnover" ability, to the suppleness of a fly first presentation as it tames the micro currents through the drift. Lastly, the most important element is strength. RIO's new Powerflex Plus uses a new manufacturing process with VHT technology, a new technical modification of the nylon copolymer formulation that gives the material 20% greater strength.
As a RIO ambassador, I received this new tippet before the general public. I've been using this tippet for many months now, and have found it to be the strongest of its kind on the market. I'm honest in my reviews, and if it does not make the cut or perform to my expectations, I'll speak my mind. So far I'm impressed, but we'll have to wait and see after further testing, like those savage takes from those rainbows at Lake Davis during the damsel hatch.
What I like about the new Powerflex Plus is the way the knots seat down, I get a cleaner and more compact knot then with regular fluorocarbon or monofilament. I'm also impressed with the strength to diameter ratios. Sizes 4x through 7x will be game changers, especially the 6x at 4 pounds. I'm looking forward to presenting very small dry flies on the Little Truckee River, and the Fall River in the upcoming season with this new revolutionary tippet. Those trout are going to wish they never heard of VHT technology. Check out the table below and the incredible breaking strengths offered.