The all-new MOTIVE saltwater rods are ideal for seasoned saltwater fans looking to complement their rod arsenal, and fly fishers new to the salt who want to experience the many hard-fighting species without breaking the bank. Constructed of time-proven materials and embodying Sage’s immense saltwater experience, the MOTIVE features a powerful but smooth fast action that loads quickly to deliver heavy saltwater flies with the accuracy the sport demands. Light and responsive, you feel connected to your line for ultimate control over a full day of enjoyable casting. Yep, it’s safe to say the salt has attracted another convert.
Hatch has created a backing material that has the touch and feel of Dacron combined with the strength and diameter of Gel Spun in a single 8 braid PE line for use in all fly fishing applications.The Hatch backing philosophy is to create one, super high quality, super versatile single diameter fly line backing. The diameter is very small for the 68lb backing rating. This is our go-to backing for both fresh and saltwater use.
Quickly clean your fly line and enhance its performance with this handy,
single-use cloth. The Fly Line Cleaning Towelette works best on
floating fly lines as it light brushes away loose dirt. Pack contains
one pre-coated cloth and here at Reds we offer a 6 pack for only $4.99!
Simms Replacement Laces, in Dark Green, they work for any wading boot and will last a long time.
Fluorocarbon Tippet versus Mono Tippet - Comparison
Mono is typically used for dry flies. It is less dense so it stays closer to the surface and doesn't have a tendency to drown your dry fly. It is also cheaper, so use mono in any situation that it is appropriate. The downsides are that it stretches a bit more and can cost you on the hooksets when dealing with larger hooks and larger fish. It also possesses fiber optic qualities and is much more visible to the trout underwater.
Fluorocarbon is the best tippet material for nymph fishing or wet flies. It sinks fast and lacks fiber optic qualities and is much less visible to the trout. It tends to stretch less and is more abrasion resistant. Although it may not be rated as being stronger than mono per diameter, most of us at Red's Fly Shop agree that the Fluorocarbon is quite a bit stronger.
The "Plus" is quite a bit stronger. It is also more expensive. It is actually a pretty good value when you consider that it might save you a few flies by spool's end! Overall, we recommend using the Fluoroflex Plus in situations that require a little extra confidence. Big trout, steelhead, and flats fishing for trophy bonefish or the elusive Permit are species that come to mind.
This is a rough guide, but hopefully it will get you on the right track since there is no exact equation on what size tippet to use all the time. Bigger flies require bigger tippet, smaller flies require smaller tippet. Not so much because the trout can see it, but more because the tippet is what allows the fly to move and travel naturally in the water. Also, keep in mind that larger tippet tangles less, casts better, and is easier to tie. For beginners, it is best to error on the side of slightly larger tippet. Also consider the fact that bigger tippet removes itself from grass and trees much better than smaller stuff. There is a fine line though (no pun intended!). You still need to fool the fish, so please stay relatively close to the guide below. The tippet must let the fly move naturally in the currents so light tippet is essential for smaller flies. Flies that are being moved like baitfish patterns, streamers, leeches, big grasshoppers, etc. are much less sensitive to tippet size as flexibility is not an issue.
Nymphs size 18 and smaller: 6-7X Fluorocarbon Nymphs size 16-12: 5X FluorocarbonNymphs size 12-10: 4X FluorocarbonStonefly Nymphs/Streamers size 8-6: 3X FluorocarbonStonefly Nymphs/Streamers size 4 on up: 0-2X Fluorocarbon
Steelhead Spey - 0X Fluoroflex Plus is pretty standard across the boardSteelhead Nymphs 1X to your big flies, 2X to your small to medium, and 3X to small flies in clear water (Summer Runs)
Dry Flies size 18 and smaller: 6-7X PowerflexDry Flies size 16-12: 4-5X PowerflexDry Flies size 10-8: 4X PowerflexGrasshoppers, Big Chernobyl Ants, etc. size 6: 3X PowerflexAnything bigger use 1-2X Powerflex.... and hang on!
The most common knots used in fly fishing for tippet are the Triple Surgeon's Knot and the Clinch Knot (or Improved Clinch Knot). For tying tippet to tippet, use the Triple Surgeon's Knot. You would use this to extend or repair your existing tapered leader. The Surgeon's knot is great for leaders of similar size. In the event that your tapered leader is broken back so far that the tippet is of greatly unequal diameter, it is best to get a new tapered leader.
To tie the fly onto this tippet material, the most common knot is going to be the Clinch Knot (or Improved Clinch Knot). This is the commonly used knot. There are a few other variations but a fly fisherman could fish their entire lives and be highly successful in freshwater using this knot alone for attaching flies to the tippet.
RIO's bass leaders are designed
and built to match the needs of the bass fly fisher. The leaders are
made of a medium stiff nylon and have a powerful taper design that will
easily turn over large flies, and cope with tough winds. The copolymer
material is incredibly tough and abrasion resistant.
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Rio Indicator 10' Leader
Watch the video and learn how to repair your old leaky, soggy, smelly waders. It is pretty easy to do as long as the waders aren't too far gone and worn out in the seems. Give it a shot and you might extend the life of your waders.
New for 2017! Suppleflex Trout leaders are made of a very soft, supple copolymer material that has excellent knot strength.