Fishing Leaders

Having a hard time looking for the right fly fishing leaders? A fishing leader is important to set an almost invisible transition towards the fishing line and the fly. Here at Sumoshop.com, we provide anglers, enthusiasts, and fisherman the needed fishing tools and accessories for their demands. Remember that it is important to know the right characteristics for your fishing leader. You have nothing to worry because we got them all covered here, from steel leader to steelon wire wound leader, etc.

The perfect cast is only attainable when you choose a precisely tapered fishing leader that matches the rod’s weight and fly. One of the major factors that can contribute to your successful catch is by using the strongest and finest leaders available.

Product Types

There are two major types of fishing leaders. The material you choose must correspond with the type of fishing you are planning.

1.     Monofilament Leader - as its name suggests, it is made of a single strand of thinly spun thread. The most important characteristic about this leader is that it absorbs water and sunlight. It has stretching capabilities and can withstand corrosion. The best fishing situation for using a monofilament leader is when you are trolling, deep water jigging, and bait fishing.

2.     Fluorocarbon Leader – it’s also a single filament fishing line. However, its appearance is quite different from the standard monofilament. Its price is also significantly different. A fluorocarbon leader costs more than a monofilament leader. This type of leader absorbs little water as it is less porous. It also has a refractive index, thereby deflecting light and making it difficult for a fish to see. It is less stretchable and more corrosion-resistant. Because it does not absorb sunlight and water, it has more shelf-life. On the other hand, it is more liable to influence breakdown of the knots.

When you are lure fishing in a tremendously clear water, a fluorocarbon leader is best to use as it has higher invisibility rate, thus making the lure more appealing to fishes.

Buying Guide

When choosing the right leader, it is important to consider its length, size, and other factors.

●      Length - to determine the needed length, you must identify the kind of fly line you are using, the condition of the water source, and the fish to be targeted. 3-5 foot leaders are suitable for sinking lines so that the fly can sink lower in the water column for a longer duration. Floating lines are usually matched with 7-12-foot leader. Short leaders are good to use in murky water to increase invisibility rate. Long leaders are best used in clear, shallow, and moving water.

●      Butt Section Diameter - it is important to pick the proper butt diameter in order to create a smooth transition from your leader to the fly. A butt section that is either too small or too large will likely jerk and fail to present smoothly. The diameter of the butt section should be about ⅔ the diameter of the fly line tip. Leader butts must have a 019-.023” diameter for trout fishing.

●      Taper Dimensions - a tapered leader is responsible for creating a smooth transition. Knotted and knotless leaders are lighter at the fly line tip, although they will make the fly line connection easier. Tapering the leader will allow it to gradually slow down. The thinning leader is decelerated by the air friction it is passing through.

Now that we have given you the basics, it's time for you to do an essential task – choosing from our selection of the finest leaders. Here at Sumoshop.com, we ensure that you can get the right selection of the finest fishing gear.

As such, we provide a variety of options for you to choose from. We offer a wide range of sizes, lengths, strengths, and construction material for our fishing leaders.

Fishing Leaders

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