Leaders are a necessary component of fly fishing. The leader connects the fly line to the fly and disguises the fly in the water. Leaders come in a variety of sizes, lengths, and materials and different leaders are made for different angling scenarios. Generally speaking, the larger and more powerful the fish, the heavier the leader. Leaders with stronger breaking strengths allow anglers to efficiently fight and land large fish. Most leaders are tapered and include a loop to attach to the fly line.
Rio Products makes some of the most popular leaders in the industry. Rio makes leaders for all species of fish from Trout to Bonefish to Bass and everything in between. The Rio Powerflex Trout leader series comes in a variety of sizes and lengths that are designed to be fished for trout and Steelhead. Similarly, Rio makes a Fluoroflex Trout series of leaders that are perfect for nymphing and swinging streamers. The Bonefish series is a little more stout and helps anglers land strong Bonefish on the flats.
Rio also makes leaders for Spey fishing called VersiLeaders. These leaders are Polymer Coated for increased sinking capabilities and are perfect for targeting Steelhead and Salmon when fishing two-handed fly rods. The increased weight helps these leaders sink quickly to encourage the fly to spend the most time in the fish’s’ strike zone.
Trouthunter is another company known for making quality leaders. Trouthunter makes leaders that are stronger, thinner, and more abrasion-resistant for increased life on the water. These leaders also come in Fluorocarbon and Nylon designs to cater to a variety of trout angling methods.
Other leader brands include Maxima and Sunset. Both companies design leaders for the avid angler. Regardless of the brand you fish, leaders are an important part of fly fishing. If you have any questions about leaders or how to attach a leader to a fly line, don’t hesitate to call the shop or email us anytime.