Custom European-nymphing leaders built to my specifications and tied by me.
Available in three diameters of butt section and sighter/indicator to suit your individual water and style.
Cortland bicolor sighter and a 2mm tippet ring on the terminal end.
25 feet long. This means you will need to cut it to a legal length if you are fishing in FIPS Mouche regulated competitions.
Each angler has their own preference for European-nymphing leaders based on the water they fish and their individual style. The leaders I am offering here are the leaders I personally use. They are each designed with specific purposes in mind. The formulas are based on my own trial and error combined with what I have learned from my Fly Fishing Team USA mates and other international anglers. To help you pick which leader suits you best here are my recommendations.
Thin leader:This leader has a 20 lb butt and 0.013" diameter Cortland sighter. It is best for upstream tuck casting presentations, heavy flies, or for beginning anglers if you have never Euro-nymphed before as it is the easiest to cast of the three formulas. I also use it for light dry-dropper rigs and for heavy three nymph rigs for steelhead. It sags more than the other formulas with light flies at a long distance.
Thinner leader: This leader has a 15 lb butt and 0.012" diameter Cortland sighter.It is an all around Euro-nymphing leader. I use it for both up and across the current presentations. It sags more than the Thinnest leader at distance but less than the Thin Leader.
Thinnest Leader: This leader has very little sag at distance even with the lightest of flies. Therefore it is very good for achieving dead drifts with across current presentations. However, it does not transfer energy as well as the thicker formulas so it does not cast as easily, especially with a dry dropper or in windy conditions.
Just what I expected, and can't wait to try them in the fall...in NC. I will be honest and give you the good bad and ugly. Regards, John
TuckerFeb 12th 2019
These are awesome!
Drayton MooreOct 25th 2018
This is by far the best leader I have ever used. I highly recommend!. There is virtually no sag and it fishes like a dream. The sighter is extremely bright and can be seen in all low or high light situations.
Ed BSep 16th 2018
After tying my own nymphing leaders for the past two years, all I can say is I won’t be doing that anymore. These leaders are great and the sighter material and the small black tippet ring make some nice extra touches. Highly recommended
Zach StarkJun 18th 2018
I bought 2 of these leaders to get myself into the euro nymphing scene. They are great. Much better than buying the name brand euro style tapered leader that I initially tried. It is very easy to cast, and works well with any type of fly line. I tied a perfection loop on the butt end and connected it to my weight forward floating line. I highly recommend the thin leader for any beginners in euro nymphing.
Dell SchomburgJun 18th 2018
Very good product. The 3' of amnesia above the sighter makes seeing the sighter much easier in low light situations.
Craig ThompsonJun 12th 2018
TACTICAL FLY FISHER EUROPEAN-NYMPHING LEADERS
Good leader! Don't waste your time buying a lesser product. This is a very fair price for this quality leader.
speperakMay 24th 2018
European Nymph Leader
These leaders are great. They are well made and sized properly to maximize performance. If you are wanting to try tight line nymphing without buying a lot of materials these leaders are the way to go.
JayMay 16th 2018
Nothing like having a backup with you on the water in case of emergency. Perfectly tied and ready to go
GlennMay 14th 2018
Being brand new to fly fishing AND euro nymph fishing I took the sites' advice and bought the thin model leader. I love this leader, the tag on the sighter line was an extra bonus, you can see that little tag (as well as the rest of the sighter) from far away. I decided to go single nymph being new to this and was casting nearly unweighted nymphs quite a distance in no time. Great product I definitely recommend.