At a Glance: Fly Fishing Line, Leaders & Tippet
Fly lines, leaders, tippet, and backing together are the third component of a fly outfit after the rod and reel. They may be the most confusing aspect for a new fly fisher starting in the sport, and a mismatched line and leader on a rod is not forgiving and will frustrate many people. FishUSA offers lines, leaders, and tippet material from RIO, Scientific Anglers, Cortland, and Orvis. These manufacturers have gone to great lengths to make purchasing the correct line, fly leaders, tippet, and backing for the rod and reel you own easy. Many produce specialized lines for fishing dry flies, streamers, nymphs, and even the type of fish. The FishUSA fly shop store offers several lines, backing, leaders, and tippets in various weights, breaking strengths, and tippet diameters. You'll find brief primers on these four fly line elements if you click on the category box. Hopefully, they'll prove helpful in purchasing the correct items to match your fly rod, reel, and fishing conditions.