Saltwater Beach Leaders

ten80

Active Member
#16
I don't think stealth is necessary when fishing for salmon in the salt, especially when the fish are feeding. Presentation, color, and fly selection is really what matters.

Tapered leaders also have better turnover with heavy flies because of the thick butt section, but I find that 15lb Maxima UG will turn over as big a fly as I can throw on an 8wt
 
#17
Yeah, the tapered leaders have better turnover. I fish a straight leader because it's easy, cheap, and I'm lazy. Also, less knots in the leader is better when there's alot of salad in the water. I agree with ten80 though, I don't have a problem with turnover on 12-15 lb Maxima and big clousers (at least it's not a problem when compared to my other casting problems). :D
 
#18
I like the straight maxima also. I've been using 10 lb. fluoro and it seems to do the job. I used 10 lb mono last fall and didn't have any breakage issues. Also nice to keep the knots out of the leader due to salad, as people said.

J
 
#19
Do you guys that use maxima notice much of a difference between it and other mono lines? I have some I use for tying mooching leaders but I don't remember buying it for any particular reason.
 
#20
Maxima is a really strong line with a breaking strength higher than its rating. It is also very abrasion resistant. If the fish are not leader shy maxima UG is the way to go. I have also had pretty good luck with Ande and Izorline mono as well.
 

SciGuy

Active Member
#22
Do you guys that use maxima notice much of a difference between it and other mono lines? I have some I use for tying mooching leaders but I don't remember buying it for any particular reason.
UG made its name in the NW by drift fishermen in rivers due to it abrasion resistence. It hold its strength despite being dragged repeatedly over rocks all day long. It is also not too stiff compared to other durable lines.
 
#25
Reliable? Pretty much any store with any fishing stuff (fly fishing or no) has is. I noticed my local Fred Meyer had the big spools at great prices vs the little spools most fly shops have. Either way it's pretty cheap.
 

ten80

Active Member
#26
Get a big spool and you can re-fill small spools for the rest of your days. Great leader for spey casting large flies in colored water as well.
 

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