Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1. Blue-winged Olives
2. Little Black Winter Stoneflies
3. Quill Gordon Mayflies
4. Blue Quill Mayflies
5. Little Brown Stoneflies
6. Little Black Caddis (American Grannoms)
7. Sculpin, baitfish and small crayfish (Imitate with streamers)
New "Perfect Fly" Trout Tapered Leaders:
Our new mono tapered trout leaders are now available. I am calling them the
best leaders you can buy. I think they are at the very least as good as any leaders
on the market and better than most of them. These are not someone else's leaders
packaged under our name. These are our own leaders.
Tapered leaders have three basic sections to them. One is the heavy, butt part
which is the thicker part that attachés to the fly line. Then there's a mid-section that
uniformly tapers down from the size of the butt part to the size of the tippet. The
third, small diameter part or tippet section, is the final part of the leader.
The particular nylon monofilament material used is my selection. For each size and
length leader (4X, 9 foot, for example) the size, length and strength of the butt part
is my own choice. The size, length and strength of the tippet, or tag end section of
the leader is my own choice. The length of the middle, tapered section is my own
choice. Here is how I arrived at these specifications for our leaders.
Almost two years ago, I set out to design my own tapered leaders for trout. With all
the leaders there are available on the market, many of you are probably wondering
why. Well, that is actually one of the main reasons. There's so many leaders to
select from, selecting a leader is confusing to many, especially those just starting.
Another reason is all the marketing hype the manufacturers use. It is a huge
overkill. The other reason we wanted our own leaders is our overall business plan.
We believe most all fly fishing gear will be sold via the World Wide Web and we also
believe, most manufacturers will be selling their product direct to the public. Many all
ready are. I enjoy designing my own gear and as you have seen, my own flies.
Hopefully, if the good Lord sees fit, we will have a full line of fly fishing gear one day.
Monofilament nylon line first came out when Dupont invented nylon in the 1930s.
The first fishing line make from it was stiff, tended to coil and was difficult to manage
on a reel. A few years later (1959) they started making "Stren" fishing line, which
was a thinner and softer line. Since, variations in the lines have resulted in anything
from stiff, wiry, highly abrasive nylon monofilament to soft, fragile, highly flexible,
material that won't withstand much abrasion.
Like many other things, when you change one characteristic of monofilament nylon,
you change another characteristic. There's only so much you can change. If you
want the line to be soft, coil easy and retain little memory, it isn't going to be very
abrasive resistant. Soft nylon isn't as abrasive resistant as hard, stiff nylon. If the
line is going to be used for saltwater fishing around barnacles that cut the line
easily, it needs to be hard and very abrasive resistant. If abrasion isn't a problem
you may want the line to be very soft, pliable and retain little memory.
When it gets right down to it, everything is a compromise. You compromise between
the different extremes. All of this affects how well the leader holds knots, how it coils,
how abrasive resistant it is, how changes in temperature of the air and water affect
If you start out fishing this July in Yellowstone National Park at about mid morning,
the temperature will be about forty degrees at the most. By mid afternoon is may be
in the mid nineties. The water changes less by may vary from 40 degrees to 70
degrees, depending on where you are fishing. Actually, to have the very best leader
you could possible have, you would need to change leaders several times during
the day, something that none of us is going to do, or that we should do.
If you tie on a size 16 dry fly to fish smooth water, you want the leader and tippet to
be soft enough for you to present the fly delicately. However, if a trout grabs it and
rubs it against a rock during the fight, it may break easily because if it is soft nylon,
it want be very abrasive resistant. If you are fishing nymphs in and around rocks you
may not prefer a soft leader and tippet. You may want it to be stiffer and highly
resistant to abrasion. If your are fishing when it is cold, you want the leader and
tippet to still bend easily and to be soft and pliable.
I could go on and on, but the point in just about every situation, the needs change
some. I haven't even touched on the size of the leader or even the length of the
leader. So far, I am only referring to the material itself. You don't want to change
leaders and tippet every few minutes. If you're like me, I don't like changing them at
all. I have to have a very good reason to stop and change leaders and tippet
material. If I am near my vehicle, I can change rods and thereby select a different
I purchased every manufacturer's leader I could find. I purchased every type and
model of their leaders and in most all of the sizes available. Over a period of about
a year I tested them all under different conditions. Some varied greatly. There were
several that I couldn't tell the difference in. There were even some that I believe is
actually the same exact thing. How well the leader performed under different
conditions, got down to the material used, not the manufacturer.
By the way, to clear this up, I realized there were places and times, a flourcarbon
leader, especially for the tippet part, would outperform nylon. This largely becomes
a matter of how you are going to use the leader, on the surface of below the
surface, but that isn't all there is too it either. Just so you know, we will have our own
flourocarbon tippet material in the very near future.
The bottom line is, I wanted a leader that would work for most all the situations you
would encounter fly fishing for trout. I wanted to simplify leader selection as much as
possible and come up with a leader that was best for the variables one would
normally or most likely encounter. The specifications I decided on were very similar
to a few of the most popular ones on the market, but not exact like any of them.
I took the best of the best and tried to improve them and change them to my own
personal preferences. I cut out sections, tied my own, even welded my own
together. I made my own made from different sections of factory made leaders and
did everything I could to see if I could improve anything. After making my decisions,
it took another ten months to manufacturer the leaders. No, we didn't make them in
the basement. We are an OEM manufacturer like all the others.
I don't expect every angler to agree with me, or to declare our "Perfect Fly" leaders
the best, but I do actually believe most of you will agree with me. If you don't agree
with me, I will assure you one thing. I will be the proud owner of more fly fishing
leaders than anyone person in the World.
We feel confident most of you will like them and use them. We are so confident that
to my knowledge, we are the only manufacturer that is willing to refund 100% of the
purchase price if you don't like them. You don't even have to explain why (although
we would like your comments and critique).
Our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee On Everything We Sell:
We want you to continue to buy fly-fishing products from us. You are not going to do that if you are
not satisfied with your order. When you buy from us, you can feel confident that if you are not
satisfied with your order when it arrives, you can return it for a prompt refund or exchange. We
want you to be happy with our product and service because we want your business.
We ask that you give our leaders a try, along with all our other product which
carries the same guarantee.