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Cortland Fly Lines
Cortland Classic 444 Floating Flyline (90 Ft / 27 Meters):
Cortland Micronite and Masterbraid Backing / Running Line
Cortland's Micronite and Masterbraid running lines have become our favorite backing lines for saltwater fly fishing. These Micro Diameter "Super Braids" are stronger than more traditional backings, while the thinner diameter allows for greater yardage on the spool. The Micronite is white in color, while the "Masterbraid" is a high-visibility yellow. Super-braids like these do not deteriorate over time or with exposure to the elements, and are more abrasion resistant than dacron lines - when it comes to the fastest, most powerful gamefish, don't take chances on anything less. These are the Spectra fiber "gel-spun" styles of backing popular among many top saltwater fly anglers. Micronite is available in 20 pound test, 300 yard spools. Please note: the 20# is very thin. Masterbraid is available in 30 pound test, 300 yard spools.
Cortland Greenspot Dacron Backing / Running Line
Cortland's "Greenspot" Dacron line is a traditional braided dacron line that we have used successfully as backing/running line for years. Affordable and durable, this running line is an excellent choice if you fish mostly inshore, or don't expect to be fishing often in areas where your backing will take an excess of abuse or abrasion. We spool this line as backing on all of our freshwater reels as well. We love the attractive appearance of this line on the reel as it has a natural look to it, in contrast to some of the really garishly colored lines that are used as backing. Photo shown below; click here if you want to see a closeup.
Varivas Super Tippet Fluorocarbon
Varivas Super Tippet Fluorocarbon material is in our opinion the finest fluorocarbon material available for making fluorocarbon leaders and tippets for saltwater fly fishing. Astonishingly flexible, and extremely strong with a smaller diameter compared to other leading fluorocarbon brands. Saltwaterflies.com's team of anglers has used the Varivas Super Tippet Leader materials for nearly 12 years now, and we have enjoyed excellent success rates in fooling, hooking, and landing tough fish. Varivas Super Leader material is easy to tie with, and has excellent knot strength - try it - we think you'll agree that Varivas Super Leader is simply the best.
The new "Master Spec" Super Tippet fluorocarbon material features a unique "non-stress coating" for unrivalled abrasion resistance, which helps it to stand up to line-tearing fish teeth, rocks and coral, and other hazards found in so many saltwater fishing locations. With a special emphasis on balancing overall strength and diameter, ease of knot tying, and wet knot strength, Varivas Super Leader Fluorocarbon is the best choice for so many saltwater fishing situations.
Varivas Tapered Leaders $3.99 ea: (Not fluorocarbon) The Varivas "Salmon/Light Saltwater" leaders are tough, clear leaders with a "Heavy Duty Power Butt".
We really like this style for our flats fishing, especially as this style offers a longer
15' version which is necessary for some bonefish and permit fishing.
Maxima Clear and Ultragreen Leader materials: Old standbys for many saltwater fly rodders are the premium quality Maxima Leader materials. The "Clear" is the perfect choice as an all-around leader material, very strong with excellent knot strength and abrasion resistance, and a medium flexibility/suppleness - all the things many top anglers look for in saltwater fly leader material. The "Ultragreen" has a bit more stiffness, and is preferred by many anglers needing a truly tough material for tough fighting fish or rough fishing conditions, as well as for good camoflage when fishing in stained or off-color water. Note: All Maxima Ultragreen Leader materials on sale now - prices slashed by 50% and even more - click add to cart to view special pricing!
10# (27 yds) $4.95 Add to Cart
12# (27 yds) $4.95 Add to Cart
15# (27 yds) $4.95 Add to Cart
20# (27 yds) $4.95 Add to Cart
25# (27 yds) $6.50 Add to Cart
30# (17 yds) $6.50 Add to Cart
40# (17 yds) $6.50 Add to Cart
25# (27 yds) $5.95 Add to Cart
30# (17 yds) $6.50 Add to Cart
Umpqua "Big Game" Fluorocarbon Leaders The are very nice full tapered fluorocarbon leaders by Umpqua Feather Merchants. Butt end loop. Perfect for any saltwater situation requiring a strong, abrasion-resistant, low-vis leader. From bonefish to bonito! These are all 9 foot leaders - breaking strengths are shown below. $10.95/ea.
10# Add to Cart
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Hi-Seas Fluorocarbon Leader Material. We really love the Hi-Seas fluorocarbon tippet material; Hi-Seas Fluorocarbon is strong, supple, and durable, with excellent knot strength. Nicely sized spools are approximately 4 inches in diameter - larger than many small tippet spools whick allows the material to come off the spool in larger coils making it easier to make nice straight shock tippets for snook, tarpon, striped bass, and other fish with abrasive mouths.
Hi-Seas Fluorocarbon Leader Spools (25 Yards - Clear)
50# $20.95 Add to Cart
60# $23.95 Add to Cart
80# $34.95 Add to Cart
Hi-Seas "Grand Slam" Premium Leader Material (50 Yards - Clear).
The Hi-Seas Grand Slam Premium Leader Material is an excellent value and perfect for situations where fluorocarbon is not necessary. Clear color, strong, with excellent knot strength and durability. 50 Yard "leader bracelets" are approximately 5" in diameter - large enough to make rigging comfortable, but still easily stowed in a pack for fishing on boat or shore.
20# $5.95 Add to Cart
30# $5.95 Add to Cart
40# $5.95 Temporarily out of stock
50# $6.95 Temporarily out of stock
60# $6.95 Add to Cart
Climax Knotless Tapered Saltwater Leaders
Knotless tapered saltwater leaders save you the hassle of tying complicated bimini twists, and other involved knots which you probably don't need anyway. These saltwater leaders by Climax are just the thing.
Climax Standard Saltwater / Striped Bass Leaders (all Climax leaders $4.25/ea):9ft / 12# Add to Cart
9ft / 15# Temporarily out of stock
9ft / 20# Temporarily out of stock
Climax Bonefish / Permit Saltwater Leaders9ft / 12# Temporarily out of stock
12ft / 10# Add to Cart
12ft / 12# Add to Cart
Climax Fluorocarbon Shock / Bite Tippet
For those anglers who don't need a huge, expensive spool of fluorocarbon leader material for making shock tippets, we offer the Climax Fluorocarbon Bite Tippet material, in 10 yard coils at an affordable price. This is "hard type" fluorocarbon, an excellent choice for tarpon, snook, and other fish species with extremely abrasive mouths that can quickly chafe through softer materials. Diameter is also shown below as fractions of an inch for each breaking strength.
Climax Fluorocarbon Bite Tippet (10 yd coils):50# (.029") $8.95 Add to Cart
60# (.032") $9.95 Add to Cart
TyGer Leader Braided Wire
TyGer Leader is a fine, flexible nylon coated micro braided stainless steel wire that can be knotted or tied like monofilament - you can tie just about any knot that you use for mono in this material. This has become one of our favorite materials for making wire leaders, especially when longer leaders are required. Note - we consider the "Non-Slip Mono Loop (Lefty's Loop)" as one of the ideal knots to use when attaching the fly to this (and other brands of micro-braided wire) - a 2 turn clinch knot is also excellent if you do not wish to use a loop knot. We are now carrying a wide range of sizes, including light and heavy tests for various applications. See below for wire diameter. All sizes 10 feet of wire per pack.TyGer Leader 10# Test (.010) $10.95 Add to Cart
TyGer Leader 15# Test (.014) $10.95 Add to Cart
TyGer Leader 30# Test (.019) $10.95 Add to Cart
TyGer Leader 50# Test (.024) $10.95 Add to Cart
TyGer Leader 70# Test (.030) $13.95 Add to Cart
TyGer Leader 90# Test (.034) $16.95 Temporarily out of stock
Dr. Slick's simple Stainless Steel Nipper is a perfect tool for the saltwater fly angler - we always have one of these in our pocket for rigging on the fly. Nice offset design, and it even has a tiny file on one side that can be used to sharpen a hook in an emergency when the hook hone can't be found. Stainless steel to resist the corrosion of saltwater. Click the product heading to view photo. It doesn't hurt to get a couple of these!Stainless Steel Nipper $9.95 Add to Cart
Tiemco Ceramic Hook Hones
We have been using the Tiemco Ceramic Hook Hones successfully for years now.
This hook hone is a very useful tool, with one flat side and one serrated side.
Easy to slip into a shirt or pants pocket, or
hang on a lanyard with a clipper for wearing on the boat or shore. Ceramic lasts practically forever, and is non-rusting. Don't spend hours planning that special trip, and then risk losing fish by neglecting to sharpen your hooks! Get two - one for
your tying or rigging bench at home, and one for your surf or boat bag. The standard Tiemco Hook Hone is 2 1/2 inches (6.5 cm) long. Photo:
Dr. Slick Diamond Hook File
If you want to put a point on your hooks very quickly, the Dr. Slick Diamond Hook File is the way to go. Compact enough for wading anglers to carry in a pack while flats fishing. Click the photo to view enlargement.
Dr. Slick 4" Diamond Hook File $9.95 Add to Cart
Tie-Fast Knot Tyer
The Tie-Fast Knot Tyer is a simple, effective tool for tying nail knots and performing many of the other general rigging jobs required for saltwater fishing. With no moving parts, and clear, simple instructions, the Tie-Fast Knot Tyer is one tool that no angler should be without. The "Saltwater" Tie-Fast (sometimes referred to as the "Magnum" Tie-Fast) is a larger version of this tool for heavy-duty rigging with lines testing 80-100# or more.Tie-fast Knot Tyer $8.95 Temporarily out of stock
Saltwater Tie-fast $11.95 Temporarily out of stock
Loon Line Speed "Line Up" line care kit
Caring for your fly lines properly is one of the keys to making your casting smooth and effortless. Every angler can benefit by keeping his or her fly lines in good shape, and Loon's line care products are one of the very best ways to keep your lines clean and lubricated for long, tangle free casts. Line Speed is our favorite line cleaning/lubricating product - it cleans your line and contains special additives which protect your line from harmful UV rays. The "Line Up" kit is one of the very best ways to care for all of your fly lines...it includes a bottle of the Line Speed, and a cleaning tool which features two soft cleaning pads sandwiched between hinged wooden blocks. Simply squeeze a little of the Line Speed onto the cleaning pads, draw your line through the tool, and you're in business!
Line Up Kit $14.95 Add to Cart
Cortland Pro Fly Line Cleaner
The Cortland Pro Fly Line Cleaner offers all fly anglers a quick and easy way to clean any flyline. This simple, compact cleaning kit is just two felt pads in a small container, already treated with a line cleaning dressing. Just draw your line between the pads to clean, then go back to fishing! We keep a couple of these handy whenever we travel to home waters or abroad - very compact so they can be easily stowed in a fishing vest or pack, and easy to take with you on important fishing trips. We are always amazed at how much grime this simple line cleaner takes off of our lines - such an excellent value at only $2.95/ea.Cortland Pro Fly Line Cleaner Temporarily out of stock
The Stripee line guard protects your fingers while retrieving line, and cleans and preserves your flyline in the process. Anglers fishing backcountry areas where there is suspended sediment in the water frequently end up with abrasions & sore fingers, and the Stripee will prevent this. Also, line burns from stripping a dry flyline across the fingers (or from a fish taking line) of your rod hand are eliminated. Great for bonefishing, tarpon fishing, backcountry and largemouth bass fishing, etc. We have used these extensively over the past three seasons, and now we won't leave the dock without them. Size large fits most folks, X-large for those with big paws. Machine washable stretch neoprene with finger pads. Click on the photo shown above for an alternate view, and here's a closeup photo of the Stripee. $8.95.Size Large Add to Cart
Size X-Large Add to Cart
Saltwater Fly Boxes
Our Saltwater Fly Boxes are durable plastic boxes made to carry all of your treasured flies.
"Bonefish Box" $12.95 (pictured above) Add to Cart
"Big Bonefish Box" $12.95 (pictured below) Add to Cart
Some really great new slim-profile boxes are these "Slit Foam Case" fly boxes by Meiho. Here at Saltwaterflies.com we are now using these style boxes almost exclusively to store our own streamer flies, tarpon flies, and larger flats flies. The recent "slit foam" designs are showing themselves to be a real improvement over more traditional foam-lined boxes where the flies are just stuck into the foam - these newer styles hold the flies more securely, and the foam doesn't wear out over time, because the angler is not constantly piercing it with the hook points. The slit-foam design also makes it much easier to arrange the flies as needed. These four very nice boxes come in a variety of sizes to cover lots of differing fly styles. The foam lining these boxes is about 3/8" or 1 cm thick, which will hold even larger flies securely. Non-rusting plastic hinges, with secure latches that are easy to operate. The approximate dimensions as given by the box maker are shown below. Please note that the two larger sizes are slightly thinner in dimension than the two Small size boxes. Our picks for these boxes: We are using the Large Shallow box to as a boat box, and as a fly locker to hold our stored flies at home. The Medium Shallow is also a great boat box, but will still fit into plenty of medium size fishing packs to carry along a day's worth of flies. The two smaller size boxes are great for bonefish flies, clousers, small and medium sized streamers, etc, and will fit easily into most packs as well as some fishing vest pockets like the long pockets often found at the waist on many traditional fishing vests. Pictured above is the "Medium Shallow" box easily holding a set of about three-and-a-half dozen clouser style flies. See the links below for more photos.
This small "Tuff Tainer" 4 compartment box is quite useful for oddly shaped flies like crab flies, and ones with weedguards that can be difficult to stick into foam lined boxes. Dimensions are 4 1/2" x 3" x 1 1/8" (11.5 cm x 7 cm x 3 cm). Dimensions of the individual compartments are approximately 2 1/8" x 1 1/4". Great for all sorts of flies - this box is appropriate for most bonefish sized crabs & flies - large crabs for redfish & permit may not fit in this box. Inexpensive, durable all-plastic design. Click photo shown below to view the box empty.
Saltwater Fly Box - "Tuff Tainer 4 Compartment" $3.95 Add to Cart
This three compartment box is ON SALE NOW overstock, a fantastic deal - 1/2 price - click "Add to Cart" link to view special pricing!
This Medium Clear box is a transparent box featuring three long open compartments and which measures approximately 5 5/8" x 3 3/4" x 1 3/8". Great for crab flies, and small flies with weedguards which can't be put easily into foam lined boxes.
Saltwater Fly Box Medium Clear (3 long compartments) $9.95 Add to Cart
A great new boat box from Umpqua Feather Merchants is their "Baby Boat Box.
This box is a great choice to take along a set of flies for extended trips or
boat trips. Slit foam design, which makes it easy to add and remove flies without damaging the foam - we have found this style of foam liner to be an excellent choice, and this Umpqua box now features an additional slit foam patch on the outside of the box which is a fantastic idea. Any flies that you've already fished with can be kept separate on the outside of the box, and rinsed at day's end to keep all of your flies fresh and in excellent condition - you'll never mix up the used with the unused patterns again. Sliding latches keep the box closed when not in use, and are smooth when closed to prevent the latches from snagging on things.
Umpqua Baby Boat Box $39.95 Add to Cart
Big Ripple Foam Boat Patch
Large ripple foam patch features adhesive backing to easily attach to boat or other surface for fly storage - we have used these in our own tying room for flies that are in the process of drying. Can be cut to size to replace worn-out foam in fly boxes, etc. Extra-large patch measures 12" by 15" (30cm X 39cm).
Big Ripple Foam Boat Patch $10.95 Add to Cart
Mylar Fly Sleeves
We sell small loose mylar fly sleeves to pack your loose streamer flies in - five sizes available (1.5"x4", 2"x4", 2"x5", and 2"x8"; 100 sleeves per pack - see below).
Mylar Fly Sleeves:
1.5X4 (100/pack) $4.95 Add to Cart
2X4 (100/pack) $4.95 Add to Cart
2X5 (100/pack) $6.95 Add to Cart
2X8 (100/pack) $7.95 Add to Cart
Nylon Tape Measure
Check the size of your catch with this non-rusting nylon tape measure. This simple, retractable tape measures up to 60 inches. The reverse side of the tape is metric (centimeters), and measures up to 150 centimeters.Nylon Tape Measure $3.95 Add to Cart