RIO Introduces New Braided Tippet

We first saw this interesting new tippet material at the Fly Fishing Retailer show in Denver in September. At the time, production issues prevented RIO from handing out samples, but apparently those issues are resolved and the new braided Extreme Tippet is good to go. The new material is actually 100% braided Dyneema, which floats on water and is 15 times stronger than steel. (By the way, we asked Simon Gawesworth of RIO what affect the leader’s buoyancy has on a nymph. His answer: “It is so thin that there is no effect on it. It floats if you cut off a piece and throw it on the water without a fly on, but with a weighted nymph on — even of normal weight — it will cut through the water easily.”) RIO is touting the tippet’s sensitivity and recommends it for use in Czech nymphing and other techniques where bite detection is paramount. The suggested retail price for Extreme Tippet is $8.95 for a 20 yard spool.
For more info and the full press release, read the extended entry.


RIO Products introduces Extreme Tippet, an incredible new tippet material.
IDAHO FALLS, December 1st, 2007 – RIO Products proudly announces the introduction of a brand new type of tippet material for the ultimate in all round performance.
The new Extreme Tippet is a super sensitive tippet material with zero stretch and an unbelievable strength to diameter ratio.
Extreme Tippet is actually a black, 100% braided Dyneema® which is a super strong polyethylene fiber that offers maximum strength combined with minimum weight. It is up to 15 times stronger than quality steel and up to 40% stronger than aramid fibers. Dyneema® floats on water and is extremely durable and resistant to moisture, UV light and chemicals.
With the no-stretch properties of Extreme Tippet, bite detection increases significantly and setting the hook when striking is instantaneous. This allows for a far greater hook up rate than is usual. When fishing with techniques that rely on feeling the take – such as nymphing, swinging a fly for anadromous fish or fishing streamers – Extreme Tippet is the perfect choice for the fly fisher.
One huge added advantage of Extreme Tippet is the strength to diameter ratio. With a strength of 10lbs (4.5 kgs) for a 5X diameter (0.006” 0,152 mm) it is more than twice as strong as the average material of this diameter and gives the angler all the advantages of this increased strength. The other sizes available are 15lbs (6.8 kgs) at 4X (0.007” 0,178 mm), 20lbs (9 kgs) at 3X (0.008” 0,203 mm) and 25lbs (11.4 kgs) at 2X (0.009” 0,229 mm).
RIO recommends using the 5X for nymphing (especially for Czech nymphing), 4X for fishing hoppers and terrestrials, 3X for streamers and 2X for anadromous fish.
This new Extreme Tippet is available from all authorized RIO dealers and has a recommended retail price of $8.95 for a 20 yard spool.
For more details or information contact: Simon Gawesworth, simon@rioproducts.com or Zack Dalton, zack@rioproducts.com at RIO Products Intl., Inc.
RIO Products Intl, Inc. • 5050 S. Yellowstone Hwy. • Idaho Falls, Idaho 83402 USA
Tel. 208-524-7760 • FAX 208-524-7763 • Website: www.rioproducts.com

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  • s

    Been using Berkely Crystal braid for about a year. Dries work fine-seems a little rigid( 4lb strength).
    Works great for nymphing. Also use it as a linear tippet for saltwater( 10lb strength).
    Also it is alot less than $8.95 for 20yds. But its not black!

  • Ken Shepard

    WOW! Leave it to Rio to jump leaps & bounds past the other new tech. I wonder how it works with braided leader? Thanks