Video Pro Tips: Understanding Fly-Fishing Leaders


Over the past few weeks, we’ve posting a great new video series called “Getting Started in Fly Fishing,” from Brian Flechsig of Mad River Outiffters in Columbus, Ohio. In the last episode, Flechsig discussed how to choose the right fly line. Here, he moves to the end of the line system, explaining leaders and tippets. Do you know how to choose the right “X” leader to match your fly? You may be surprised by how important this is, not only to fishing, but to casting, as well.

Yes, this is very basic stuff, but it’s extremely useful for folks who are new to the sport. The biggest barrier to entry for anyone taking up a new activity is lack of information. Stay tuned to learn more!

8 thoughts on “Video Pro Tips: Understanding Fly-Fishing Leaders”

  1. How do store my leader when I change the size of my fly and leader? I will be on the water do you have any suggestions other then a spare spool. I will do that when I can afford it;) Thanks Awesom video on leader Thanks I’m a pro know lol

  2. The absolute best explanation of leader and ripper combination I’ve heard and I’ve been looking hard. Cheers!

  3. great explanation now I realise what ive been doing wrong but what if I’m using a dropper fly aswell say 2 size 18 flies

  4. How does this apply to saltwater fishing where the leaders (and tippet) are sized according to test weight. That is, when I walk into a fly shop, I can buy a 16 lb., 18 lb., 20 lb. leader, etc..

    As an example, what size leader/tippet would I use when I’m using a surf candy (which can be tied on a variety of hook sizes), versus – say – a big streamer imitation baitfish? Or a Lefty’s Deceiver (again, tied on a number of different hook sizes?

    Thanks for the video! Great stuff!

  5. Your a great teacher. Thanks for the clarity. I wrote everything down and will review it frequently.

  6. This was a very good lesson on leaders. I’ve been fly fishing for 2yrs. and learning most from you tube or podcasts.

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