RIO Products: Straighten A Heavy Leader

In this RIO Fly Fishing Tip, Simon Gawesworth shows how to easily stretch out a heavy saltwater leader. Most saltwater leaders are made of a heavy, stiff nylon, which when taken out of the pack, will have “memory” and be coily. Stretching the leader before you fish it ensures you have a better, straighter presentation of your fly, and also means you are in more direct contact with the fly when a fish eats – something very important for effective hook sets.



RIO’s Fly Fishing Tips series are short, less-than-a-minute videos, each bought to you by a RIO employee or ambassador and showing a single fly fishing tip to help you become a better fly fisher. The series includes freshwater, saltwater and Spey topics, and a mix of casting, fishing and gear tips – some basic, some technical, and everything in between.

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