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Leaders, Tippet & Backing
Leaders, Tippet & Backing
Cortland Fluorocarbon Tapered Leader
Cortland Fluorocarbon Tapered Leader
The Cortland Fluorocarbon Tapered Leader offers a distinct advantage to any angler by staying virtually invisible and undetectable to the underwater prey. It also provides the benefit of a superior knot strength, ensuring reliability and better chances of success even in turbulent waters. Due to the clear advantages it offers, it can be used for maximizing the output of your fishing expeditions. This fluorocarbon leader is manufactured with an elongated taper design that facilitates turnovers an...
$9.99
Cortland Nylon Tapered Leader
Cortland Nylon Tapered Leader
The Cortland Nylon Tapered Leader is specifically designed for freshwater fishing. Made from clear nylon, this leader is abrasion resistant and will last you cast after cast. With a stronger knot strength, the tapered leader is much more reliable than other leaders. The supple and strong build of the nylon leader is an important characteristic of the nylon tapered leader. These leaders are extruded from high-tenacity copolymers for the perfect blend of abrasion resistance and knot strength. The ...
$5.99
Cortland Indicator Mono Leader Material
Cortland Indicator Mono Leader Mate...
Bi-Color - Yellow/Red
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Cortland Indicator Mono Leader Material can be used for building leaders for all types of fly fishing. You can use them for catching fish like trout, steelhead, bass, and salmon. The leader made from this material floats well and makes your fishing experience quite convenient. As it is made with monofilament, it stretches more and offers better suppleness than fluorocarbon. This product is intended to help you build visible leaders that help with strike detection. It can be the perfect addition ...
$7.99
Cortland Fluorocarbon Tippet
Cortland Fluorocarbon Tippet
The Cortland Fluorocarbon Tippet can be the difference between a good fishing session and a bad one. Made from fluorocarbon, this tippet displays high strength and abrasion resistance. As it has low underwater visibility, it works well in deceiving fish and leads to a swifter catch every single time. The excellent knot strength of the fluorocarbon tippet is also an essential attribute that increases its reliability in turbulent waters. This tippet can knot easily to monofilament and facilitate t...
$9.99
Cortland Copolymer Nylon Tippet
Cortland Copolymer Nylon Tippet
Cortland Copolymer Nylon Tippet is supple and strong at the same time, which makes it perfect for anglers who want to enhance their casting experience. Attach this nylon tippet to one end of the leader and then to your fly for a perfect presentation every time. Made from nylon, this tippet is sturdy, does not wear away easily, and performs reliably. It is highly abrasion resistant and comes with a low-glare finish and outstanding knot strength. Cortland Copolymer Nylon Tippet is tested for quali...
$4.49
Scientific Anglers InShore Leader
Scientific Anglers InShore Leader
Clear
Scientific Anglers InShore Leader is a premium saltwater leader constructed of abrasion-resistant material that can withstand harsh fishing conditions. The leader begins with 7.5 feet of tapered Hard Mono AR leader that helps in turnover of larger flies. It features a premium 24 inch section of 40 pound fluorocarbon shock tippet that is nearly invisible to fish. The Scientific Anglers InShore Leader is made in the U.S.A.
$9.99
Airflo Salmon & Steelhead Polyleader
Airflo Salmon & Steelhead Polyleader
Airflo Salmon & Steelhead Polyleader is constructed with a level core to provide extra strength, then coated with a tapered polymer outer coating that provides mass and complete depth control. Anglers will get excellent turnover for heavy and bulky flies. Floating is deal for fishing bombers with the slow and fast sinking leaders and the extra fast sinking leader gets the flies as deep as possible.
$11.99
Airflo Trout Polyleader
Airflo Trout Polyleader
The Airflo Trout Polyleader excels at fishing stillwaters and larger rivers. This leader will expose anglers to many new techniques with its smooth taper for easy turnover of dries, nymphs, and streamers. The Trout Polyleader is constructed with a level core to provide extra strength, then coated with a polymer outer coating that provides mass and complete depth control. The Airflo Trout Polyleader covers the full spectrum of trout fishing situations.
$11.99
Airflo Light Trout Polyleader
Airflo Light Trout Polyleader
The Airflo Light Trout Polyleader is constructed with a level core to provide extra strength, then coated with a tapered polymer outer coating that provides mass and complete depth control. This leader has excellent shock absorbing and supple qualities to use on lighter lines. The floating, hover and intermediate leaders offer delicate presentations to spooky fish in lakes and creeks. Fish nymphs at depth without adding weight to the fly or shot to the tippet with the sinking leaders.
$8.99 - $9.99
Airflo Miracle Braid
Airflo Miracle Braid
Fluorescent
Airflo Miracle Braid features a firm central core to offer less line tangles and snags. This high buoyancy braid excels at shooting and makes a great option for running and shooting lines. Airflo Miracle Braid won’t disappoint, it performs well in cold water applications and has a special texture surface to keep it floating and limp in cold weather. Great for spey fishing for salmon and steelhead. The bright fluorescent color helps you keep track of where the line is at all times.
$39.99
Airflo Tactical Copolymer Tippet
Airflo Tactical Copolymer Tippet
Airflo Tactical Copolymer Tippet is a super durable copolymer excellent for day-to-day techniques. The unique interlocking spool design with a color-coded band allows you to attach several spools together, so you’ll always be prepared out on the water. This Tactical Tippet is known for its diameter strength, and its consistent knotting makes it a favorite choice to use among anglers. Its low density is great for surface presentations.
$4.99
Airflo Custom Cut Tip
Airflo Custom Cut Tip
The Airflo Custom Cut Tip is made from durable Power Core material with a protective polyurethane coating. This tip will sink ultra fast and makes an excellent choice for fishing steelhead. It has a color loop at both ends for easy use and quick sink-rate identification.
$19.99
Airflo FLO Tip
Airflo FLO Tip
Black/Blue
The Airflo FLO Tip is looped at both ends for an easy and smooth transition. This will help keep your casting smoother and in the target zone longer. The Airflo FLO Tip is a great option to use with mid-range spey and switch rods.
$26.99
Airflo SightFree G5 Fluorocarbon Tippet
Airflo SightFree G5 Fluorocarbon Ti...
Airflo SightFree G5 Fluorocarbon Tippet is made from 100% fluorocarbon to offer anglers a durable and an easy-to-knot line. The spool has a color-coded band to quickly identify the line out on the water. Plus, the interlocking spool system allows you to attach several spools together, so you’ll always be prepared with a variety of sizes. Airflo SightFree G5 Fluorocarbon Tippet won’t disappoint. It is an excellent choice for chasing spooky trout or chugging streamers.
$14.99
Airflo FLO Tip Kit
Airflo FLO Tip Kit
The Airflo FLO Tip Kit comes with four tips for your convenience of having what you need on hand, stored nicely organized in a zippered wallet. These tips are looped at both ends for an easy and smooth transition. The Airflo FLO Tip will help keep your casting smoother and in the target zone longer.
$119.99
Hardy Gel Spun Fly Line Backing
Hardy Gel Spun Fly Line Backing
Yellow
Hardy Gel Spun Fly Line Backing provides unbelievable strength and abrasion resistance when maximum capacity is necessary. This gel spun backing utilizes a super low diameter material. It is a supreme choice for salmon and saltwater use.
$74.99
RIO Two-Tone Indicator Tippet
RIO Two-Tone Indicator Tippet
Fluorescent Pink/Chartreuse
RIO Two-Tone Indicator Tippet is the best indicator material for building sighters for European style nymphing. This tippet is constructed of nylon opaque two-tone 8 in. sections with highly defined color changes between fluorescent pink and fluorescent chartreuse. These color breaks create maximum contrast to allow anglers to get visual cues when tight line nymphing.
$14.99
Cortland Gel Spun Fly Line Backing
Cortland Gel Spun Fly Line Backing
White
Cortland Gel Spun Fly Line Backing is a durable, round braid that lets you add as much needed onto a small spool. This backing is made from super strong gel-spun fibers that provide the strength needed to fish big game species. Anglers will never have to worry about breakage when using Cortland Gel Spun Fly Line Backing.
$29.99
Scientific Anglers Sonar Stillwater Booby Tip
Scientific Anglers Sonar Stillwater...
Blue Heron
The Scientific Anglers Sonar Stillwater Booby Tip was designed to be used with sinking lines. This five foot tip has the technology behind it to keep your leaders and flies suspended off the bottom, away from debris or weeds. The Dry Tip Technology will keep the fly tip section floating high and decrease any drag from the front, so you can achieve a more positive hook up. The Sonar Stillwater Booby Tip will land your booty fly right where you want it for the fish to find.
$9.99
Scientific Anglers Anadromous Tapered Leaders
Scientific Anglers Anadromous Taper...
Scientific Anglers Anadromous Tapered Leaders are made of nylon and perfect for fishing salmon and steelhead in both salt and freshwater. These leaders feature the highest wet knot strength on the market today. The large butt diameters on the Anadromous series is made to support even the largest flies you'll be shooting down stream. You can fish the other stuff or you can Fish the Truth.
$5.99
$5.29
Scientific Anglers Tri-Color Sighter Tippet
Scientific Anglers Tri-Color Sighte...
Green/White/Orange
The Scientific Anglers Tri-Color Sighter Tippet is made for maximum contrast and visibility when fishing nymphs on a tight line. The Tri-Color Sighter uses proven bright colors that provide high contrast on the water to know the second the strike happens. Tie it after your leader for some of the best bite detection on the market.
$8.99
RIO Multi-Color GSP Fly Line Backing
RIO Multi-Color GSP Fly Line Backing
Red/Yellow
RIO Multi-Color GSP Fly Line Backing is made from a super strong material, eight strands are tightly woven to create a round backing. This process produces a softer and smoother backing that performs and get results. Anglers will never have to worry about breakage when fishing for big game, the diameter on the RIO Multi Color GSP Fly Line Backing is ideal to fish all species, large and small.
$599.99
Fenwick World Class Saltwater Leader
Fenwick World Class Saltwater Leader
The Fenwick World Class Saltwater Leader is a professional grade leader made from a co-polymer material. This leader offers the perfect balance of power, strength, and control. Anglers will appreciate that this leader can be used for all species thanks to its stiff butt section and tapers. It is designed to deliver your fly with accuracy, even in windy conditions. The World Class Saltwater Leader features a pre-looped end to provide quick and easy connections.
$6.99
$5.99
Hardy Fluorocarbon Tippet
Hardy Fluorocarbon Tippet
Hardy had the fly angler in mind when they designed Hardy Fluorocarbon Tippet. This tippet is abrasion resistance with low diameter, great for fishing with small or big flies. Conveniently packaged on a color coded spool for quick identification with a built in extended cutter and a material retaining band. The crystal clear finish is the perfect color for unsuspecting fish.
$14.99 - $24.99
Hardy Dacron Fly Line Backing
Hardy Dacron Fly Line Backing
Hardy Dacron Fly Line Backing is a high quality, multi-strand backing ideal for fishing trout, salmon, and other species. This backing provides the extra strength and distance needed for those fish fight moments. The smooth finish and the round profile of the Hardy Dacron Fly Line Backing will pass through the guides on your rod with ease. Fly anglers will benefit from the highly visible lime color to track long running fish.
$9.99 - $19.99
Hardy Presentation Taper Copolymer Leader
Hardy Presentation Taper Copolymer ...
Clear Grey
The Hardy Presentation Taper Copolymer Leader was carefully designed to offer fly anglers 12 feet of quality material that delivers smooth turnovers with accuracy. The three quantity package is to make sure you are never unprepared, plus the color-coded packaging helps you to quickly identify when you’re ready to use. The Presentation Taper Copolymer Leader features pre-tied perfection loop at the butt and is individually marked with the size and diameter for your convenience.
$12.99
$11.49
Hardy Copolymer Tippet
Hardy Copolymer Tippet
Hardy thought of everything when it comes to their Copolymer Tippet. This tippet is constructed of durable, quality material that is conveniently packaged on a color coded spool that has a built in extended cutter and a material retaining band. Hardy Copolymer Tippet is designed with a medium portion of stretch and low diameter, with a satin clear finish that will freely move through the guides of the rod.
$6.99
Hardy Power Taper Copolymer Leader
Hardy Power Taper Copolymer Leader
The Hardy Power Taper Copolymer Leader is made from quality material and features a dynamic taper to deliver accurate and positive turnovers. This leader has a pre-tied perfection loop at the butt and is individually marked with an identification tab showing its size. The color-coded package also helps anglers make a quick and easy identification. These are important features to have when pairing up this leader with any copolymer or fluorocarbon tippet material.
$12.99
$11.49
Fenwick World Class Nylon Tippet
Fenwick World Class Nylon Tippet
Fenwick World Class Nylon Tippet is tough, abrasion resistance, and will stand up to extreme fresh and saltwater fishing conditions. The clear color allows this line to be almost invisible in the water to sneak up on the fish. The Fenwick World Class Nylon Tippet is constructed of a specialized co-polymer nylon formula to give anglers a line that has more give, strength, and low memory to make a powerful hook each time.
$3.49
$2.79
Fenwick World Class Fluoro Tippet
Fenwick World Class Fluoro Tippet
Fenwick World Class Fluoro Tippet is super durable and made of high-quality 100% fluorocarbon material. The clear color makes this an excellent choice for freshwater fishing, as it's nearly invisible underwater. Fly anglers will appreciate the various strength-to-diameter ratios offered with the World Class Fluoro Tippet. This line works well with all species, sub-surface fly presentations and techniques.
$5.99
Fenwick World Class Freshwater Leader
Fenwick World Class Freshwater Leader
The Fenwick World Class Freshwater Leader gives anglers more control needed to cast with various flies. This leader is constructed of a low memory co-polymer formula and is pre-looped for quick and easy connections. The World Class Freshwater Leader is designed to be tough, durable, abrasion resistant, and delivers excellent turnover each time.
$5.99
$5.29
RIO 2-Tone Gel Spun Fly Line Backing
RIO 2-Tone Gel Spun Fly Line Backing
Red/Yellow
RIO 2-Tone Gel Spun Fly Line Backing is a quality, super-thin, yet durable backing with a red to yellow color change every 50 yards. The color change provides anglers the visual needed to calculate how much of his line needs to be retrieved once the fish takes the bite. The RIO 2-Tone Gel Spun Fly Line Backing is versatile and great for all species with any size reel and rod.
$17.99
RIO Big Nasty Tapered Leader
RIO Big Nasty Tapered Leader
The RIO Big Nasty Tapered Leader is designed to cast heavy flies and stand up to windy conditions. This leader is constructed of stiff medium nylon with an impressively powerful taper, ideal for the streamer angler who enjoys casting for hoppers and terrestrials. RIO Big Nasty Tapered Leader is incredibly tough and highly abrasion-resistant!
$4.49
RIO Saltwater Butt Material
RIO Saltwater Butt Material
RIO Saltwater Butt Material is constructed of durable and non abrasive nylon. This material is an extension of your fly line and will save you time by allowing you to quickly connect and disconnect all various leader sections. RIO Saltwater Butt Material is an excellent choice for butt sections on a variety of different weighted rods.
$19.99
Cortland Top Secret Ultra Premium Fluorocarbon Tippet
Cortland Top Secret Ultra Premium F...
The Cortland Top Secret Ultra Premium Fluorocarbon Tippet was conceived after substantial research, testing and care to become one of the most premium tippets on the market! This high quality trout tippet is formulated with Cortland's "Top Secret" blend allowing for a durable knot strength and abrasion resistance. Cortland offers this tippet in multiple tests and spool sizes that will suit every situation.
$18.99 - $49.99
Seaguar Grand Max Fluorocarbon Leader Material
Seaguar Grand Max Fluorocarbon Lead...
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Seaguar Grand Max Fluorocarbon Leader Material is the original high performance fluorocarbon tippet material. Developed with Seaguar's exclusive, proprietary double structure technology, Grand Max Fluorocarbon Leader Material is sensitive and soft. Double structure technology provides two different fluorocarbon resins, precisely extruded as one solid piece, for a fluorocarbon leader that offers both strength and sensitivity. As with all 100% Fluorocarbon products, Grand Max Fluorocarbon Leader M...
$15.99
RIO Headgate Tippet Holder with Powerflex Tippet
RIO Headgate Tippet Holder with Pow...
The RIO Headgate Tippet Holder with Powerflex Tippet is about convenience, allowing anglers to easily add, remove, and carry tippet spools with ease. Features include a spring loaded hinge, built in cutting blade, and a durable construction of anodized aerospace aluminum and stainless steel. The tippet holder also comes with five spools of RIO Powerflex Tippet, but has the capacity to hold up to seven tippet spools. Just clip the RIO Headgate Tippet Holder somewhere close and no more searching f...
$39.99
Seaguar Nylon Tippet
Seaguar Nylon Tippet
The Seaguar Nylon Tippet Material is designed to have the perfect combination of strength and sensitivity. Made with a clear nylon, this material is soft and supple and also strong.
$4.99
$3.99
Seaguar Max Fluorocarbon Tippet
Seaguar Max Fluorocarbon Tippet
Seaguar Max Fluorocarbon Tippet Material is strong and made with 100% Seaguar fluorocarbon resins. This thin-diameter tippet material has superior tensile and knot strength. This tippet material is fast sinking, virtually invisible in the water, and has incredible abrasion resistance.
$14.99
Cortland Level Sinking Line
Cortland Level Sinking Line
Cortland Level Sinking Line is constructed with a medium stiff monofilament core. This line allows anglers to cut a desired length for heads and tips or use it for trolling. The monofilament core is perfect for stripping the PVC jacket and creating a loop for quick and easy tip, head, and leader changes.
$89.99 - $319.99

At a Glance: Leaders, Tippet & Backing

Leaders, tippet, and backing are the specialized fishing lines which attach to opposite ends of a fly line to extend the length of the fly line or to finish it off for an optimal fly presentation. Leaders are short pieces of line, typically no longer than the length of the rod being used, and add stealth to otherwise highly visible fly lines due to the clear leader line. Most fly leaders are tapered monofilament or fluorocarbon where the end that attaches to the fly line is quite thick, tapering down to a fine line at the tip where you would tie to the fly hook. Fly fishing uses tapered leaders to allow for the line to turn over and make a soft landing with the fly. As flies are changed or broken off, the very end section of tapered leaders can easily be replaced with tippet material to extend the life and effectiveness of the leader. Tippet is an even shorter piece of line which can replace or just simply finish off a leader. Tippet material is often very soft and supple. Leaders and tippet strength can either be listed breaking strength- pounds as other fishing lines are - or by X-ratings. The X-rating will help determine the size of the flies to use with each. By multiplying the X-rating by 3, you will know that a 4X leader works well with size 12 flies, and so on. Leaders and tippet can be made of monofilament, fluorocarbon, copolymer, wire, and even lead and tungsten core lines for their ability to sink without added weights. Fly line backing is usually a braided line, used underneath the fly line on a fly reel. Putting a backing line on a reel first fills the spool, which increases the retrieve rate as line fills the spool while winding the handle. A full spool also means fewer and larger coils of the fly line which can be retained as spool-memory in the fly line itself if wound onto a very small spindle. The true benefit of backing, though, is the additional line for fighting large fish. The lengths of any given fly line are typically 80 ft - 115 ft and in wide rivers or coastal shorelines, this is not enough line to successfully fight large fish hooked to relatively light leaders. Backing line is typically much thinner than the fly lines and provides that extra amount for a big fish to tire itself out to be landed properly. Whether targeting freshwater or saltwater species, FishUSA leads the competition in offering leaders, tippet, and backing for every fly angler.

The top brands of leaders, tippet and backing at FishUSA include Seaguar, Maxima, RIO, Climax and Cortland.

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