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Greased Leader With A Red Hot Twist

by Lance Egan   |  February 29th, 2012 2

Midges and Baetis are showing more and more with each warming day. Spring will be here before we know it. Tossing dries at rising fish is a real treat this time of year and it’s a great time to knock the rust off your dry fly skills after the long winter.

If your rising fish are proving to be super selective and are doing their best to ignore even your techie CDC fly patterns try this technique to fool a few extra fish.

Take an Umpqua Red Hot leader and apply floatant to the butt and tapered section of the leader, leaving just the tippet without floatant on it. The Red Hot leader has a milky colored butt section and a hi-vis red mid section. The tippet is clear. Add a few feet of 5X or 6X fluorocarbon tippet and attach your favorite midge pupa or baetis emerger. With the top 2/3 of the leader “greased” it will float and suspend your fly keeping it high in the water column. The Red Hot leader makes it easy to see the leader and recognize the hesitation of a fish taking your fly.

When Trout are rising you can easily target specific fish, land your fly a few feet upstream of their feeding lie and watch the leader for a strike.

Try this out the next time you see some noses and can’t crack the code. It works quite well.

Any fly shop carrying Umpqua products could order these for you if they don’t already carry this leader.

About Lance Egan

Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, Lance Egan has been fly fishing since age 12. Although Lance comes from a nonfishing family, fish have intrigued him since he was too young to talk. When he was a baby, and not sleeping through the night, Lance's parents would prop him up in front of a large fish tank where he would abruptly stop crying and watch the fish until falling back to sleep. He has been completely obsessed ever since. When Lance was old enough to drive, he was off fishing every chance he could get—fishing before and after work, after school and ever day off. Today he fishes an average of 150 days per year and never gets tired of wetting a line. He has made a career of fly fishing. Employed at Cabelas, he currently resides in Lehi, Utah, with his wife Autumn and son Mikey, just minutes away from many lakes and streams. He is a pro staff member of Ross Reels and Scientific Anglers, and is an Umpqua Feather Merchants Signature Fly Designer. Lance also tests prototype fishing gear for Simms Fishing Products.

  • Dell Neighbours

    I've been wanting to try this leader, I was curious how it would turn over a dry dropper rig.

    • Dan Eisenmenger

      The Umpqua Power Taper leader was designed to turn over big flies and it is great for dry dropper rigs. The Red Hot PT has the same taper profile with added visibility.

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