Video Pro Tips: Do Leaders and Tippets Expire?


In the past few months, we’ve posted a great new video series called “Getting Started in Fly Fishing,” from Brian Flechsig of Mad River Outfitters in Columbus, Ohio. Now, they’ve launched a new series called “Q&A.” It’s a pretty self-explanatory title, methinks.

In this episode, Flechsig answers the question “Do leaders and tippet have an expiration date?” So, if you buy a spool of 4X, how long will it last before you have to replace it? Flechsig’s answer is illuminating: it’s less about time and more about exposure to UV light. Keep your leader and tippet materials out of the sun, and you’ll get more out of them.

4 thoughts on “Video Pro Tips: Do Leaders and Tippets Expire?”

    1. Tighten the drag a lot. Whichever hand is easier to turn is the side it reels. Once you determine the direction it reels relax the drag again.

  1. Jack, It’s also good to know that virtually all modern fly reels are reversible, so if your reel is not set up to reel with your preferred hand, check your owners manual (or online) for directions for changing the winding direction.

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