This is a fantastic fly line and quite possibly the best all purpose fly line we have cast. The taper allows you cast big bugs, small dries, streamers, and nymph rigs with ease. The fly line comes in two colors (we prefer the moss color to the peach color, it is more versatile) and has a change of color representing the loading point. The break between the two colors shows the caster the ideal loading point for the line, although we have found that if you have 5 ft or so of the back taper in your guides the line loads and shoots further. We love this line for casting hopper / dropper rigs as well as casting larger dries great distances. At a cost of $69.99 the line is not cheap, although it is a great buy and a line that will last a long time with all of Rio's effective R&D that has been applied to this line.
Specs: 47' head length, 90' total length, line ranges 3 - 8, "Rio's XS technology, Agent X, Super Floatation Technology, and Dual Tone"
Scientific Anglers (3M) has come out with a series of fly lines called Sharkskin, the reason they are called sharkskin is because of their scale like exterior coating. I have fished and do fish the Sharkskin Trout Taper and Salmon / Steelhead Taper, I like them both and they perform very well in most situations. I have use the Trout Taper on 4 wt & 5wt rods, it is great at casting large flies during the summer months when I generally cast size 8 hoppers. I used the Salmon / Steelhead on a 6 wt to cast streamers during the fall and winter months. The Salmon / Steelhead taper is great at turning over large flies with ease, it also roll cast like a dream so it makes it easy to cast large nymph rigs as well. All of the Sharkskin fly lines work well and cast great distances, they do make a different noise when traveling through the guides, and they do burn / cut your hand when casting, stripping, or fighting large fish that run like crazy. If you are looking for a line that casts easily, sits extremely high on the water, picks up off the water with ease, and rockets a ton of line then these are great lines.
The salmon and steelhead taper is a fantastic fly line for the die hard steelhead angler as well as the beginner. This line makes it easy to manage a lot of line mending, casting "overhead or roll", and it performs very well in cold temperatures. The line features a long front taper with its weight evenly distributed throughout the first 30' of the taper. There is more weight in the 30' - 45' section of the taper to help when roll-casting, mending at distance, it also allows for more of an open loop. By adding a long and heavy front taper with a rear biased weight Rio has created a fly line that is a breeze to roll-cast all day or single hand spey cast. I would recommend this fly line to anyone looking for a great steelhead or salmon fly line. I feel that dedicated nymph fishermen will enjoy this line as well. Even though it is overkill for most trout applications, once you fish it you will realize it makes presenting a nymph rig effortless throughout the casting stroke and drift (mending at distance is effortless). This line also lends itself to single handed spey techniques, it makes using your single handed rods or nymph rods fun. I have tried the 8 weight line on 5 and 6 weight switch rods as well, I was not surprised to find out that the line performed well but it was surprising to find out that this line ended up finding a home on one of my 6 weight switch rods "permanently". It made the 6 weight switch rod sing when paired with a 7 ft type 3 sinking tip.
Play around with this line, it is a great line with multiple applications, to put it simply "the best steelhead line I have found for a single hand rod."