Leaders and tippet material - Perfect for surface fishing
The leader is an extension of your fly line
The link between our fly line and fly is of great importance to our casting and presentation skills and the choice of leader and tippet material is often debated among anglers.
For more than one reason sinking poly leaders fit perfectly into the world of surface fishing and I will try to highlight some of the reasons why.
3 very good reasons why you should use a poly leader for your surface fly fishing
POWER IN CASTING
The density of the polymer leaders will aid you in turning over big wake and dry flies in windy conditions. The greater density of the polymer leader will also help you to cast straight and precisely when using a long line.
AVOID SHADOWS AND DISTURBANCE WITH SINKING LEADERS…
Our favoured polymer leaders are all slow sinking – We prefer these leaders to those leaders that float because the submerged leader cast less of a shadow that may frighten the fish – The submerged leader also causes less disturbance on the surface.
Polymer leaders will attract more fish…
This is obviously a very bold statement and in fact, it is not the polymer leader in itself that attracts the fish – but the delicate and dynamic polymer leader will be able to transform some of the many fine swirls and curls of the river surface – into micro-movements in your leader and finally your fly – something quite useful when you target fish with micro flies such as riffling hitch tube flies
Our leaders are Airflo Polyleaders
See our Airflo polyleaders
Airflo is the industry-leading manufacturer of poly leaders. Incredibly versatile non-PVC technology tapered leaders that will outperform most other poly leaders on the market – We carry a small selection of leaders in 5 – 8 and 10 foot – in the densities: hover and intermediate
Maxima tippet material – One of the best nylon materials available
Maxima Chameleon tippet material is the given choice for so many salmon and trout anglers around the world and for a good reason – it does what it promises.
- Soft shock-absorbing nylon
- Forms great uniform knots
- Great breaking strength
- Perfect to present big and small flies to picky freshwater fish
Confidence matters, and Umpqua’s Perform X HD will be there for you when throwing big bugs and bigger and small tube flies
Umpqua has a tippet material for every application … we tried them all and found the Perform X HD Umpqua tippet to be the best form of tippet material for salmon and trout fishing. Clear nylon. Super strong but still soft enough for our preference… less stretchable than the Maxima nylon we sell.
- Perform X HD has the perfect mass and moderate stiffness to turn over big bugs and salmon tube flies
- Abrasion resistance to handle the often violent aftermath of the take.
- Soft enough to fish small patterns on relatively thick nylon
- Great breaking strength
- Clear coloured nylon