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What is a Poly Leader

I see alot of people mentioning "poly leaders" on here. Can somebody give me a definition of this term, and what they are used for.

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Scientific Anglers, Rio and others make them. They are, essentially, tapered, clear intermediate sinking sink tips to which you attach your tippit material.
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Scientific Anglers, Rio and others make them. They are, essentially, tapered, clear intermediate sinking sink tips to which you attach your tippit material.
Not strictly true!

Polyleaders, from whatever company, are an intermediate form between a tapered mono leader and a fly line tip.

Polyleaders are usually untapered mono cored, with a tapered weighted coating and range from floating (truly a tapered mono leader only with no coating!), right through the range of sink-rates from slow-intermediate, intermediate, sinking, fast sinking and super or ultra-fast sinking.

Most polyleaders come looped at the fatter rear (fly-line) end, and have an exposed (uncoated) lenght of the mono core at the fly end, which you may then tie a loop in so that you can loop-to-loop attach you leader material to, or you can use a fine metal rig-ring to tie to the end of the mono of the polyleader, and then tie your leader material to the other side of the rig-ring. You can also, if you wish, do a usual connector knot between the exposed mono core end of the polyleader direct to your leader material.

The purpose of poly leaders, taking the UK 'by storm' (aka it's almost a "crime" to NOT use one!! ), is to more gently transition between the end of your fly line and your leader proper.

How ever DID we manage to fish at all before these companies decided to charge us £5+ per 5 yards (or less) of such materials??

There is also much chatter about 'better turnover' of flies, and the vociferous aficionados would have us believe in these bits of kit so much so, that anglers are almost encouraged to chop the fine ends off their otherwise good fly lines in order to squeeze one of the indispensible polyleaders on the end so that you can "fish properly".

I don't use polyleaders ... did you guess that????

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Poly leaders are a tapered fly line tip/leader. If your fly line is of insufficient length, weight or density (i.e. you purchased the wrong fly line), a poly leader may be helpful. If your leader does not turn over the fly in the manner you desire, and changing the mono leader diameters and length does not correct the situation, you might consider a Poly leader.

If you want a sink tip in which the butt sinks at twice the speed of the tip you might want a Poly leader.

If you are interested in the scientifically determined performance of Poly leaders in water, the following is a must read:

http://flyfishingresearch.net/calcem...dsinktips.html

To quote from FFR, "Overall, tapered tips make the most sense when fishing your fly at or near the surface -- when nice casting turnover of the fly is highly desirable and fly sink time is unimportant. In contrast, if you want your sink tip to help you to get your fly down quickly (or if you prefer to cast a weighted fly), level tips like LC-13 or T-14 are likely better."

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To: Bob Pauli, my mentor and Gedi Master with two handed rods, a ?

Old great master caster, mentor and teacher, Old Grasshopper has a question.

I use the Versi Leaders fast sink to get deep.

Did you and your fellow Engineer Gnomes measure how fast the Versi Leaders sink versus T14/T8/T14 in fast moving water, not slow moving water, or in a swimming pool. Or is it possible to do that in a fast river like the Sacramento?

The reason for the question is: When Shad fishing in fast moving water on the Sac or American with the fast sink Versi Leaders 15'/12'. I seem to get to fishing depth as fast as the guys with the 15' tips or T14 and catch about as many Shad as the T chunkers and regular 15' Rio tip chunkers do.

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Talking Spey casting is not spey fishing

Ha, ha. Grampa Spey, I've said it before, one who knows how to work the line once it is on the water, can sometimes acheive greater depth with T-8 (or in your case, a versi leader) than one who does not is able to acheive even using T-14. While this may seem to come off like I'm some kind of pompas a$$ know it all, let me be the first to admit otherwise. No way have I got it all figured out yet. But I have (finally) come to the realization that there is more to swimming a fly than just chucking it out there and letting the current drag it back across the river.

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I'm in total agreement with you JD

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Ha, ha. Grampa Spey, I've said it before, one who knows how to work the line once it is on the water, can sometimes acheive greater depth with T-8 (or in your case, a versi leader) than one who does not is able to acheive even using T-14. While this may seem to come off like I'm some kind of pompas a$$ know it all, let me be the first to admit otherwise. No way have I got it all figured out yet. But I have (finally) come to the realization that there is more to swimming a fly than just chucking it out there and letting the current drag it back across the river.

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Bob P. - As much as I respect your thoughts and enjoy the Fly Fishing Research Website, it’s somewhat contradicting, on this subject.

With a un-weighted very bouyant plastic tube it shows this-
" VersiLeader 7 ips 15' goes deepest. It is equivalent to using 13.5' of LC-13 or T-14.
VersiLeader 5.6 ips and PolyLeader "Extra Super Fast Sinking" are similar. Both are equivalent to using about 10' of LC-13 or T-14."


Which to me is very impressive on the Versa leaders end, all things considered.

Yet, then it states this after the "research" -
"Overall, tapered tips make the most sense when fishing your fly at or near the surface -- when nice casting turnover of the fly is highly desirable and fly sink time is unimportant. In contrast, if you want your sink tip to help you to get your fly down quickly (or if you prefer to cast a weighted fly), level tips like LC-13 or T-14 are likely better "

It also talks about the un-desirable "U" with a un-weighted plastic tube but, in my experiance, even straight / level T tips can have a "U" with such a bouyant fly as a un-weighted plastic tube.

Also it states this -
"Separately, we tried a weighted fly (with 1/30 oz lead eyes). This was easier to cast with a level sink tip than a tapered one and, in both cases, sank at about the same rate as the reverse set up."
I should point out for the record that extra small lead eyes are 1/50 oz. and small 1/36 oz. So these are mild lead eyes as medium lead eyes are 16 grains - 1/24 oz.

Point is with a slightly weighted fly or a fly that sinks well it appears the poly per "research" sinks at a rate as claimed and I think most use such with poly when attempting depth and they do turn it over well. Maybe not quite as well or large as a straight T tip but very close as the butt sections on the Poly are greater diameter than the straight T tips though they taper.

Personally, as I fish a lot of 12 grain "half incher" brass tubes off them but, even with smaller tung. bead head buggers and such I note in actual river fishing that in particular the shorter 6' & 10' Versa Leader 7.0 inch per second with less taper than the 15'ers gets down very simular to T8 and weights (actual grain scale weight) very simular to T8 in those lengths. I do feel it (sink rate) drops off fast after the Rio Versa 5.6" and for the 7.0 one may need to nip back the tip to handle them (except Skagit). But, all things considered they are pretty impressive.

Last - One day I was surfing through old stuff here and found a very interesting thread years old and it was on this very subject, when longer, faster sink, heavier poly was comming of age and PNW Winter Steelhead fishing.

The consensus of thread by some pretty hard core predominant (here) fisherman was they worked well and many “hung up there standard tips” in favor for them. This was when short belly spey lines were used more than heads and PNW Winter flys were 4’s – 1/0 rather than what some (larger,heavier,bulkier) prefer to fish now.

Then there is the whole what float line (tip/taper diameter) is being used thing (set- how far down & back the tip pulls the float tip/taper) also along with what really holds down a weighted non bulky fly better in down stream current @ swing - grains of T material or longer and thinner? I really don't know. I do know 8-12 pound test nylon to a 1/16oz - 1/8oz lead jig will hold down through swing in river even with jig/strip motion better than............but, that don't "fly"

I think what others have wrote - "there is more to sinking a fly than just looping on T14" is true and the variety of modern poly and faster sink rates (7.0) does pretty darn good with a fly thats sinks well in particular and sure is easy on the shoulder as compared.

In conclusion I don't find it conclusive for FFR to sumerize poly/versa leaders as "undesirable from a fishing perspective" and is contradicting as compared by it's own research (pasted above 15' 7.0 versa = 13.5' T14 and weights less 178 vs. 210 grains)
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Do polyleaders work well with longer belly lines? And can you add tippet material or just #10 maxima to the end?
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the 10' AirFlo intermediate polyleader a lot, as I want a little sink with wet flies most of the fall. I extend the leader with Maxima 15#, 12#, and a 10# tippet, so that the total is about 15 feet. I am not using big ugly stuff in the fall and it gives a nice anchor and great turn over.

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Do polyleaders work well with longer belly lines? And can you add tippet material or just #10 maxima to the end?
Yes
I use them for winter fishing but for a giant Intruder there are better choices
I just use 2-4 ft of 10#Maxima on the end
With a poly leader and a medium copper tube getting and maintaining depth is not much of a chore

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I use the 10' AirFlo intermediate polyleader a lot, as I want a little sink with wet flies most of the fall. I extend the leader with Maxima 15#, 12#, and a 10# tippet, so that the total is about 15 feet. I am not using big ugly stuff in the fall and it gives a nice anchor and great turn over.
This is what I've had on the end of my Vision Ace for the past two years. Perfect for swinging a wet fly and it casts sweet.
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