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Leaders & Tippets

The fly, the leader and the tippet are the three most important components of fly- fishing. You success depends on each and every one of them and the combination of leaders, tippets and flies must be a perfect one if you want a great fishing day.

The secret is in the fly

While fish see a black line instead of any other color you might use, they won’t be attracted to that black line. That’s why the fly needs to look good enough for the fish to be interested in it and that’s why a leader will always help.

The leader is attached to the end of the colorful fly line and gives the fisherman a virtually transparent connection between the line and the fly. Commercially bought leaders come in a variety of lengths with 7.5 to 9 feet being most common.

Most leaders are tapered monofilament nylon, meaning they are a larger diameter at the butt end, which attaches to the fly line, and a smaller diameter at the tip, where the tippet or fly is tied. Leaders come in different weights and strengths and in choosing the right one you have to take into consideration the size of the fly.

Next comes the tippet, which is attached to the end of the leader. The fly will be attached to the tippet. The type and size of fish you pursue, determines the size of that fly. Being extremely flexible, the tippet will give the fly more natural movements. Usually a tippet is 2 to 4 feet in length and is smaller or the same diameter of the leader’s tip. Using a tippet has its advantages. Besides giving the fly that natural movement, the tippets will extend the life of your leader especially if you are used to change flies to often.

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Fishingurus.com sells a wide variety of leaders and tippets. If you are not sure about the size, length or model, our shop experts will be more than happy to help you out.

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