Weight Forward Leaders and Super Fluorocarbon Tippet Material
Umpqua's leaders and tippet material was just the ticket for my trip to the San Juan River, outside Farmington, New Mexico. The San Juan River, being primarily a nymph fishing river, requires a small amount of split shot and the use of strike indicators.
Umpqua weight forward leaders seem to be an advantage over other types of leaders due to its design of a longer stiffer butt sections. This design is to help turn over split shot and strike indicator, that I tie on using yarn with a slip knot stays in place much better.
Super Fluorocarbon Tippet is primarily invisible in the water. The 2 complaints sometimes heard about Fluorocarbon material is that the breaking strength for its diameter is not as great as nylon tippet material; also its knot holding ability on some knots seems to be in question. Using Umpqua Super Fluorocarbon Tippet I found that their advertised test strengths for their diameter is equal to or greater than most nylon material in actual use. Tying two pieces of Umpqua's Super Fluorocarbon Tippet together, using a triple Surgeons knot, worked great with absolutely no slippage. When tying the Super Fluorocarbon tippet material to a fly, I used the Mono Loop Knot, as per Umpqua's recommendation, with no problems. My husband, Bob used the five wrap standard Clinch Knot, well lubricated with zero knot problems.
I was very pleased with the performance of both Umpqua's leaders and tippet material. During the three days of fishing on the San Juan River, my husband and I caught 90 fish ranging from 12" to 22", with the average being in the 18" range. This is a product that I will continue to use because of its performance.
Here is a picture of my 22" rainbow caught on my 5 WT rod using Umpqua's leader and tippet material. This fish took 20 minutes for me to land and the key word here is LAND.