LINES & LEADERS
This is what we fish with, season after season . . .
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This is all gear that we’ve used extensively and believe in. This is what we fish with, season after season.
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LINES, LEADERS & RIGGING
Lines and leaders are what connect us to the flies and the trout (on a good day). From reel to rod tip, from the tip to the fly, our lines and leaders carry the fly and form the connections that matter. So, rigging and adjusting these materials is at the heart of every angler’s success. And having a few tools to do the job with efficiency is priceless.
This is the best stuff for building the Mono Rig, a George Harvey leader or any other leader formula. Chameleon is unique in the way it lays flat once stretched, it handles well and casts with power (much better than limp materials).
We started using this material for visible leaders while filming. But we’re now using it sometimes for daily fishing. We often guide with this as the butt section too. When an angler wants to see the whole leader, this is a great option. It holds less of a coil than other colored lines, like Amnesia or OPST (especially in cold weather). And it handles well. We use this in the Neon Fire color, 20,15, 12 and 10 pound.
This is a good material for making sighters or highly visible butt sections. Red is softer than green. All monofilament must be stretched at the beginning of the trip to release the coil.
OPST Lazar Line
Another great option for the butt section of a Mono Rig. Highly visible. The diameter of 30lb Lazar Line closely matches the diameter of 20lb Chameleon. (.017″)
Rio Two Tone Indicator Tippet
Our favorite sighter material. The Rio stuff doesn’t bleed when it gets wet on the spool. It’s excellent visible material for building sighters. It’s also limp, which is sometimes good for a sighter. More about that in the link below.
Orvis Mirage Fluorocarbon
Mirage is true to size, meaning, it mics out at what it is listed as — that’s unusual in fly fishing tippet. So thank you, Orvis. Also, thanks for a the most supple fluorocarbon on the market. Mirage is different. It’s especially great for providing a little freedom of movement to small flies.
RIO Gold Fly Line
One of our go-to fly lines. The RIO Gold is a classic for good reason. This line is a do-it-all standard. We like slick finish over textured.
Scientific Anglers Air Cel
Still my favorite fly line. Yes, I’ve used hundred dollar fly lines too. And I keep coming back to the Air Cel. It’s durable and has a great taper.
Cortland Euro Nymph Mono Core
This is the line that we hand to clients who want to fish a Mono Rig, but don’t like holding mono in their line hand. Go with the .022″ level line.
Sea Striker Leader Spools 4″
Good for quick leader changes. Long leaders don’t store well on smaller spools or when wrapped around your hand. Bigger spool, less coil. Save your old Maxima spools, because they are a better solution than these wheels. But these will do.
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