For trout fishing, I buy tapered leaders. But for saltwater fishing in the Northeast, I’ve started tying my own leaders in the past year. Long tapered leaders make sense for many saltwater scenarios such as targeting redfish, bonefish, permit, and sight fishing for striped bass. But shorter hand tied leaders are perfectly fine for most
For the longest time, I remember reading books and articles about cutting edge streamer patterns like Blane Chocklett’s “Game Changer” or Kelly Galloup’s “Zoo Cougar” and feeling like I was missing a piece of the fly fishing puzzle. I remember buying a Game Changer from Cabela’s before I had learned to tie them for myself.
Follow Jay on Instagram @handmade_angler. Jay Aylward of The Handmade Angler is arguably the best all around freshwater fly fishing guide in Massachusetts. He is currently the only Orvis-Endorsed freshwater guide in the state. Not only does Jay offer wade and drift boat trips for trout, he also takes clients out for warm-water trips on
I’ve long been a fan of Cortland Line and use their materials for my Euronymphing leaders for trout and steelhead (prior posts here, here and here). And I continue to hear from other trusted anglers that their tippet material is crazy strong. Blog team member Joe Drake wrote about Cortland’s Ultra Premium Fluorocarbon Tippet (post