Fly Fishing Leaders, Tippets, Loops & Rings
Airflo Polyleaders - Trout
The range of Airflo Polyleaders cover the full spectrum of trout fishing situations—floating to ultra-fast sinking. Smoothly tapered to give easy turn over of dries, nymphs, and streamers, these leaders open up many new techniques not only with a floating line but with sinking lines, as well. Just loop a 2-4’ tippet onto the front loop of the Polyleader, or use a Climax Tippet Ring (Highly recommended! See below) to secure the connection, and get ready to enjoy a better way of doing things. The floating Poly leaders are available in 5’ and 10’ lengths, the 5’ length being most popular for packet-water and general Trout fishing, the 10’ being utilized for those “delicate moments” on still waters where the fishing requires giving the fish a lot less to notice. The sinking Poly leaders are available in 5 and 10’ lengths, and in two densities—fast (3.9 in/sec) & ex. Super fast (6.1 in/sec)—thanks to their Tungsten coatings. Recommended for 5-7 wgt. lines. Maximum tippet: 12lbs.
Airflo Polyleaders - Light Trout
Light Trout Polyleaders are designed with greater suppleness and shock absorption for use with light lines—2-4wgt—the floating versions ensuring the most delicate of presentations to spooky fish in lakes and spring creeks, while the sinking versions allow nymphs to be fished at depth without adding weight to the fly or to the tippet. As with the Trout Polyleaders (see above), the Light Trout Polyleaders have loops at both ends, and a 2-4’ tippet can be looped onto the front loop of the Polyleader, or a Climax Tippet Ring (See below) can be attached for a secure, trouble-free connection. Available in floating lengths of 5’, and 8’ (very stealthy) , with fast sinking (3.9 in/sec) and ex.super fast sinking (6.1 in/sec) versions available in 5’ lengths. Recommended for 2-4 wgt. lines. Maximum tippet: 8 lbs.
Upmqua Nylon Leaders - Trout Taper
Built with the same extruded co-polymer nylon as their unsurpassed Upmqua Nylon Tippet material, these Trout leaders feature taper designs by Dave Whitlock, and for close to twenty years these leader formulas have ensured a perfect blend of power and delicacy. We stock only the 7 1/2’ and 9’ 2X (10.7 lbs.) versions of this leader as part of a universal leader / tippet system that’s paired with the Climax Tippet Rings (See below). Instead of buying multiples of 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X, 6X leaders (maybe 10 leaders in all), you can acquire two or three of the 2X Upmqua Trout Taper leaders, add a packed of (10) Climax Tippet Rings, attach one of the rings to the fine end of your leader, and tie-on whatever 2-7X tippet you prefer, with no “cutting back” of the leader when changing / retying tippets. The result is that leaders will last a lot longer, less time will be wasted fiddling with leaders, and more time will be spend dunking flies in front of fish. Sizes: 7 1/2’ 2X (10.7 lb.), 9’ 2x (10.7 lb.)
Upmqua Power Taper Practice Leader - 7 1/2'
A leader serves as an “invisible” separation between the fly line and the fly, and ultimately the fish. That is a good thing. But, for practice casting, a bright, neon leader can offer, for the first time, a highly visual picture of the entire cast…from rod to line to leader to fly. This Fluorescent Orange leader is ideal for fishermen wanting to visually see their practice casts whether on water or grass. All of our casting clinic attendees use this leader, and it avoids the probable consequences of beating up their fishing leaders. Length: 7 1/2
Airflo Sightfree G-3 Tippet Material
Made from 100% 3rd generation fluorocarbon, Sightfree G3 offers incredible break strength for diameter, has low visibility and is less prone to tangle. And, the indicated diameter is precisely what you get—every time. G3 comes with a nifty in-spool cutting system. Note: G-3 Sightfree comes in 50 meter spools, not the usual 25-30 yd. spool that’s prevalent with other manufacturers, making G-3 Sightfree cost substantially less per foot than all the others. Breaking Strength: 0X=12lb., 1X=10 lb., 2X=8 lbs., 3X=7 lbs., 4X=6 lbs., 5X=5 lbs., 6X=4 lbs. 50 meter spool
Upmqua Nylon Tippet Material
With its low visibility olive tint, Umpqua's co-polymer nylon tippet material is an almost flawless marriage of great tensile strength, elasticity, suppleness, and abrasion-resistance. The result is a tippet material of superior WET KNOT STRENGTH that remains supple enough to allow a fly to really “swim.” You can also expect true diameters, and multi season durability from Upmqua Nylon—the best. Breaking Strength: 0X=15lb., 1X=13.5 lb., 2X=10.7 lbs., 3X=8.5 lbs., 4X=6 lbs., 5X=5 lbs., 6X=3.5 lbs. 27 meter spool.
Upmqua Big Game Tippet Material
Big Game fluorocarbon material is stiffer than Airflo G-3 fluorocarbon (see above), and offers greater mass for casting bigger flies to big fish in freshwater (salmon, steelhead) or saltwater. Made of 100% fluorocarbon, Big Game is nearly invisible to fish, sinks quickly, and is incredibly abrasion resistant whether it’s fished over coral reefs, rocks, or root wads—perfect for big, tough fish that live in big, tough places. 27 yd. spools: 8, 10, 12, 16, 20, 30 lb. breaking strength.
Loops & Rings
Cortland Slip-on Leader Loops
Simply slide your fly-line into the center of the braided loop connector, and secure with a small shrink-tube sleeve—that’s it. Great for connection backing and leaders. Available in a neutral density for 2-7 weight lines (30 lb. strength), and for 8-12 weight lines (50 lb. strength). Color: clear / yellow sleeve. Packed 4 to a pkg.
Climax Tippet Rings - 15lb.
Connecting the tippet and leaders through the ring will allow you to change the tippet as often as you wish without shortening the leader. No longer will you need to replace leaders when switching from large streamers to a # 16 dry-fly, just cut off the 2X, tie on some 5X with an Improved Clinch Knot, attach fly, and go fish. Tippet rings are incredibly strong and very light. When attached to your leader, they’ll float, or they’ll follow the leader down if your’re using a sinking leader or a fluorocarbon tippet. 10 rings per pkg. Sizes: Extra Large--40 lb. $8.95, Extra Small--15 lb. $7.95.