Rio Tarpon Fly Line

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RIO’s Tarpon line is built for anglers targeting Tarpon and other large tropical targets. This is a line that encourages effortless casting and helps anglers turn over larger flies with ease. This line loads powerful saltwater rods efficiently and is ideal for making quick shots are cruising or layed up fish. RIO has built some technical features into this line including a super-slick coating and a dual-tone color scheme so you always know how much line you have out. This line is built on a durable core so you never have to worry about breaking your line on a large fish. If you’re looking for the low-stretch version, check out the RIO DirectCore Tarpon Fly Line.



AgentX, Extreme Slickness - AgentX is a dual-layered fly line tech that basically means you’re getting a high-floating inner line layer and a durable, tough outer line layer. RIO has also added a special coating to the tip of the line that helps RIO Tarpon sit high in the water column for improved performance.



Large Flies, Quick Shots, Distance Casting, Tarpon - This line features a short, powerful front taper combined with a long back taper for stable loops at long distances. This line helps anglers deliver large flies to cruising Tarpon at longer distances or make quick shots at close range. With a mid-length head and RIO’s leading fly line technology, it’s easy to see why this is one of the best Tarpon lines on the market.



Warm/Tropical - The tropical version of RIO Tarpon is designed to be fished in hot climates. According to RIO, this line works best in temperatures that are between 75 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit. This means the line won’t get sticky when coiled on a boat deck in hot weather or during long days in tropical climates. That being said, it’ll shrivel in colder weather and won’t cast/shoot as well.



Powerful Front Taper, Long Back Taper - RIO Tarpon features a mid-length head that represents a marriage of easy-loading capabilities and increased loop stability at long ranges. The WF12F version of the line has a 39.5’ head. The line’s taper also makes it easy to put a quick shot on a fish then lift the line off of the water and make a longer second shot. This is an ideal line design for cruising Tarpon.


More Info

Best for: Saltwater, Flats

Loops: Front Loop (Leader to Fly Line Connection) and Back Loop (Backing to Fly Line Connection)


Sinking/Floating: Floating


Other Resources

2020 Tropical Saltwater Fly Line Shootout & Buyer's Guide

Fly Line Temps: Tropical Vs. Coldwater

Freshwater Fly Line Shootout & Buyer's Guide



Line WeightLengthHead WeightHead LengthSink RateColorPrice 
WF9F100ft 30.5m330gr39.5ft 12mFloating$69.99
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