RIGS Updates their Nymph & Floating Tenkara Lines for 2014

Tenkara Line

When RIGS fly shop introduced their floating tenkara line and tenkara nymph line last year, they answered the prayers of many tenkara anglers who fish outside the “tenkara box” that were craving specialty lines. ┬áThe floating line made from an actual PVC running line (same stuff your regular fly lines are made of) was a godsend for those who like to fish dry flies, while the hand-tied, tapered fluorocarbon nymph line was specifically crafted for those who wanted to turn over weighted flies and bead heads. Based on customer feedback, the company has made some updates to these innovative lines for 2014.

For all intents and purposes, both lines cast and fish exactly the same as last year’s models. So if you haven’t already, follow the links above to see my individual reviews of them and know that their performance is identical. In this post, I’m only outlining what has changed in their construction.

The Floating Line

The 2014 model has a shorter 6″ section of hi-vis orange line followed up with a 1.5 ft. section of clear monofilament down to the tippet ring. This gives you a little more stealth when trying to present dry flies (which the line does excellently). But the intermediate hi-vis section still offers some visibility when needed (i.e. if there’s glare on the water, etc.).

Tenkara Floating Line

Tenkara Floating Line

The Nymph Line

The new nymph line is identical to last year’s model but replaces the previous main fluorocarbon line with a lower memory line (looks to me like Yamatoyo line?) that also has a little better visibility (which is always a good thing when you’re nymphing). RIGS maintains the #4.5 main line diameter for turning over heavier flies.

Tenkara nymphing line

At any rate, these two lines excel at filling niches within tenkara that more general level or furled lines just can’t do as well. I’m glad to see RIGS continue to innovate and address the special needs of anglers who continue to push the boundaries of what tenkara can do.

To learn more or purchase one of these lines, visit the RIGS website.

Author: Jason Klass

Jason is an avid fly angler and backpacker. As a former fly fishing guide originally from Western New York, he moved to Colorado and became an early adopter of tenkara which perfectly suited the small, high altitude streams and lakes there. He has not fished a Western-style fly rod for trout since.

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  1. Love the nymphing line! Glad to see Rigs cares about their products enough to make improvements. The colored, multi-segmented sections help when fishing runs, pools, and holes. The knots that connect everything together I have found can serve as a small strike indicator for a sharp eye. It’s on my Christmas list now, thanks Jason!

  2. I have been impressed with RIGS floating lines… Having purchased several pre-2014 lines and used them on numerous streams from NY to ID, I can attest to their high quality… That said, I’ll definitely be returning for the new 2014 design…

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