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What Is A PolyLeader

The term PolyLeader was first used by the Airflo Company of UK, to describe a new leader system they had developed to enhance leader performance.  A leader forms the essential link between the fly line and the fly. A leader must retain just the right amount of energy during the cast to place the fly perfectly on target.  Fly fishing leaders are tapered to retain just the right amount of energy to turn the fly over and then lose that energy so that leader comes straight and then settles to the water.  Most leaders of this period are made by tapering nylon monofilament

strands. Nylon leaders are inexpensive and are fairly trouble free.  However, some times the flow of energy doesn't transfer smoothly where a nylon leader joins a fly line because the line and leader are each made from materials that bend differently. Poly leaders are constructed by using a level core and tapering a coating much the same way fly lines are made.  They become an extension of the fly line itself.  There is also an added advantage for being able vary the coating to float or sink. Rio VersiLeaders are a nearly exact copy of Airflo PolyLeaders.  They are made in USA and actually cost less. 

When To Use A PolyLeaders

Airflo developed the PolyLeader so that the kinetic energy created by the fly line could be carried further, for longer, smoother, more accurate casts.  PolyLeaders may be the ultimate fly fishing leaders. These tapered leaders are literally an extension of the fly line.  They allow for much better turnover, provide an easy and interchangeable system for adjusting sink densities, and allow you to use greater

Sink Rates
Floating = 0" ips
Clear Hover = .5" ips
Clear Intermediate = 1.5" ips
Slow Sinking = 2.6" ips
Fast Sinking = 3.9" ips
Extra Fast Sinking = 4.9" ips
Super Extra Fast Sinking = 6.1" ips  

lengths of level tippet for line-shy fish. PolyLeaders have a high-strength level monofilament core surrounded by supple, tapered polymer. This unique combination provides the fly fisher with a leaders that almost turns over by themselves! Available in a choice of seven densities, Polyleaders extend your tactics to a degree unrivalled by  traditional mono leaders. The level monocore is exposed at the tip, allowing you to simply add your favorite tippet material and create extraordinary leader lengths.  Floating PolyLeaders are clear with positive buoyancy so that they ride over ripples and not through them.  Sinking leaders come in a wide range of sink rates that give you the latitude to adjust to changing water depths, water speeds and retrieve rates.


Airflo PolyLeaders
Trout PolyLeaders - 5' Spey PolyLeaders - 14'
Steelhead/Salmon PolyLeaders - 10' About PolyLeaders

Trout PolyLeaders

From casting on a turbulent stream to searching the depths of your local lake these leaders cover the full spectrum of trout fishing situations. Smoothly tapered to give easy turn over of dries, nymphs and streamers they open up many new techniques, not only with a floating line but with sinking lines as well.  The 5' version is particularly useful on stillwaters and rivers.
Max. tippets up to 5' long and as strong as 12-pound test may be added.  Normal tippet lengths are 3' to 4' and may be as fine as 6x.  Stealthy presentations are easier to make with long fine tippets.  Larger diameter tippets will retain energy for casting large flies or for casting in the wind.  Best used with fly lines #4 to #6 weight

Item Description Type Weight Price To Top
PFO-5T Airflo Trout PolyLeader, 5-feet long Floating 11-grains $8.99

PH-5T Airflo Trout PolyLeader, 5-feet long Clear Hover 11-grains $8.99

Pl1-5T Airflo Trout PolyLeader, 5-feet long Clear Intermediate 12-grains $8.99

PSS4-5T Airflo Trout PolyLeader, 5-feet long Slow Sinking 15-grains $8.99

PFS85T Airflo Trout PolyLeader, 5-feet long Fast Sinking 16-grains $8.99

PSF165T Airflo Trout PolyLeader, 5-feet long Super Fast Sinking 21-grains $8.99

PESF24-5T Airflo Trout PolyLeader, 5-feet long Extra Super Fast Sinking 40-grains $8.99


Steelhead/Salmon PolyLeaders

Available in here in the four most popular densities in 10' lengths to provide complete depth control, so often essential for salmon/steelhead fishing. Floating leaders work well when fishing waking flies and also for fishing wet flies near the water surface.  Intermediate PolyLeaders allow you to fish your wet fly a little deeper or anchor the line tip a little harder to the water for roll casting in the wind. Slow and Fast sinking leaders are perfect controlling the depth you wish your fly to be fished at.  The Extra Super Fast sinking leader gets the fly deep quickly.  It is very popular for fishing in the winter or in bright light conditions.  Max. tippet strength: 24-pound test.  Tippet lengths of up to 4-feet are commonly used.

Item Description Type Weight Price

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PFO-10S Airflo Salmon-Steelhead PolyLeader, 10-feet long Clear Floating 39-grains $12.95

Pl1-10S Airflo Salmon-Steelhead PolyLeader, 10-feet long Intermediate Sinking 29-grains $12.95

PSS4-10S Airflo Salmon-Steelhead PolyLeader, 10-feet long Slow Sinking 32-grains $12.95

PFS810S Airflo Salmon-Steelhead PolyLeader, 10-feet long Fast Sinking 38-grains $12.95

PSF16-10S Airflo Salmon-Steelhead PolyLeader, 10-feet long Super Fast Sinking 58-grains $12.95

PESF2410S Airflo Salmon-Steelhead PolyLeader, 10-feet long Extra Super Fast Sinking 93-grains $12.95


Spey PolyLeaders

These longer PolyLeaders are popular for Spey rod fishing with many types of lines.  They are especially popular for fishing Scandinavian shooting head lines, as the longer Poly leader provides an easy anchor when fishing short head lines.  Often tippets of up to six feet are added to floating and intermediate PolyLeaders when fish are line-wary.  The extra length in the sinking  leaders allows you to fish your flies deeper than with a 10-foot leader of the same sink rate.  Max. tippet strength up to 40-pound test may be used.

Item Description Type Weight Price To Top
PFO-14s Airflo Spey PolyLeader, 14-feet long Floating 55-grains $14.95

Pl114S Airflo Spey PolyLeader, 14-feet long Intermediate 65-grains $14.95

PFS8-14S Airflo Spey PolyLeader, 14-feet long Fast Sinking 75-grains $14.95

PSF16-14S Airflo Spey PolyLeader, 14-feet long Super Fast Sinking 72-grains $14.95

PESF2414S Airflo Spey PolyLeader, 14-feet long Extra Super Fast Sinking 115-grains $14.95


Rio Spey VersiLeaders
Our camp thermometer registered 108-degrees in the bottom of the Deschutes Canyon. The water warmed accordingly and the steelhead went into the doldrums. My resourceful guest, Bruce Hampton added a 15' sinking VersiLeader to the end of his floating spey line and managed to turn the tables on a couple of steelies who hadn't the energy to rise all the way to the surface for the same fly (his new improved version of the Fly du Jour). Determination and little tricks like this can often add to your catch. Mark Bachmann photo.
Bruce Hampton added a VersiLeader to his line to get the fly down to the fish...

New for 2008 
10 ft (3 m) and 15 ft (4.6 m) leaders with a high tenacity nylon core coated with a super low modulus polymer mixture. VersiLeaders feature an ultra smooth welded loop in the butt end making it easy to connect to the fly line.
The floating Spey VersiLeader is perfect for forming the anchor when spey casting Scandinavian style.
These leaders are ideal additions to all Spey lines and in particular RIO's new AFS heads and AFS OutBound lines. They come in a full range of sink rates to customize your presentations.

Densities: Floating, 1.5 ips (3.7 cm/s), 2.6 ips (6.6cm/s), 3.9 ips (9.9cm/s), 5.6 ips (14.2cm/s), 7.0 ips (17.8cm/s)

Strength: 24lb

Rio Spey VersiLeader Full Set
All six densities are organize in individual zip-locks in a beautiful Cordura pouch.  That way you can easily carry the full selection and always have what you need.  These VersiLeaders are adaptable to all kinds of fly lines above size-6.  They are most comfortable with lines 7-8-9 sizes.  They will work well with all spey lines & saltwater lines. 
Item Description Sink Rate Price To Top
24224 Rio 10' Spey VersiLeader Full Set $79.95

24225 Rio 10' Spey VersiLeader Floating Leader Floating $12.95

24226 Rio 10' Spey VersiLeader Sinking Leader 1.5 ips $12.95
24227 Rio 10' Spey VersiLeader Sinking Leader 2.6 ips $12.95
24228 Rio 10' Spey VersiLeader Sinking Leader 3.9 ips $12.95
24229 Rio 10' Spey VersiLeader Sinking Leader 5.6 ips $12.95
24230 Rio 15' Spey VersiLeader Sinking Leader 7.0 ips $12.95
24237 Rio 15' Spey VersiLeader Sinking Leader Full Set $89.95
24231 Rio 15' Spey VersiLeader Sinking Leader Floating $14.95
24232 Rio 15' Spey VersiLeader Sinking Leader 1.5 ips $14.95
24233 Rio 15' Spey VersiLeader Sinking Leader 2.6 ips $14.95
24234 Rio 15' Spey VersiLeader Sinking Leader 3.9 ips $14.95
24235 Rio 15' Spey VersiLeader Sinking Leader 5.6 ips $14.95
24236 Rio 15' Spey VersiLeader Sinking Leader 7.0 ips $14.95

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