Flourocarbon Vs. Monofilament Tippet and Leaders
Know the difference between flourocarbon and monofilament when purchasing leader and tippet material
The world of fly fishing has a great variety of gear, so it is good to know exactly what you are getting when you make a purchase. This is very true when it comes to the tippet and leader world. There are two main leader materials both of which act slightly different when they are fished. You have your fluorocarbon material and your monofilament material. Fluorocarbon is nearly completely invisible in the water, has some slight sinking to it is a little harder and this comes at 3x the price of monofilament. It also does not degrade so it will last longer but comes at a cost to the environment when not disposed of properly. Monofilament is a bit more reflective, floats better, knots s little better, and is just about as strong as flouro and in some cases stronger. So, let’s do a bit of a comparison of different 2x tippets as an example of the slight variations.
Rio Flouroflex Plus: 12lb, $14.99
Orvis Mirage: 8.7lb, $14.95
Rio Powerflex: 10lb, $4.99
Rio Powerflex Plus: 12lb, $9.99
Orvis Superstrong Plus: 9.8lb, $4.95
For dry fly fishing I like to use a tapered monofilament leader with about a foot-long section of flouro tied to that to avoid detection that you would get with a mono leader. When used in small sizes like 5x or 6x this short section won’t drag a dry fly down but increases your stealth which is important for the Missouri, Henry’s Fork, and spring creeks. When nymphing and streamer fishing I prefer to use fluorocarbon for the sinking properties and also the invisibility of it. But when purchasing flouro you need to ask yourself if paying 3x as much is worth it. Come into your Bozeman Fly Shop to stock up on all the leaders and tippet you could possibly need for both fresh and saltwater.