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Hey all,

So I just geared up my new 8 weight FLi 890 with the rio versitip and I am stoked to do some beach fishing with it on V.island (now I may just take my 5 weight for the pinks...but that's another topic). I'm just wondering if the freshwater line will get raped by the salt? Is this just a matter of rinsing it with fresh at the end of the day or will I be doing some serious damage to my line?

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I have always loaded my beach fishing reel with a SA saltwater line. I have just assumed it would perform better and I am comfortable casting with it. A good buddy of mine uses his rio system on the beach and does not seem to have any issues. He just makes sure to rinse it well after a day of fishing but the same would be said for a saltwater line. I can not give you any information based on personal experience with a rio system in saltwater but I think you will be fine.
 

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If it's a coldwater rated saltwater line, it will be fine for local use. If it's a tropical saltwater line, it's going to be very stiff and full of memory in our cold waters. Those lines are made to limber up in warmer temperatures and not turn into noodles.
 

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I should have said coldwater saltwater ::) . Anyway this morning I took out an old rio (freshwater ;) ) 7 wt line and hit the beach. I used the clear tip as to not spook the fish with the line colour. The line performed well but i like the SA saltwater line better. Managed one hook up and long line release (first of the season) so I can now say you will be fine just be sure to rinse it well after.
 
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