There are a lot of high-tech leader materials out there, but if you visit one of our lodges in Alaska, British Columbia, the Bahamas or Chile, the material that we’re most likely to suggest you knot to your fly is Maxima Ultragreen.
Why is that?
- It knots well. Spend some time on the water and you quickly learn that knots are useless unless they seat well, and Maxima Ultragreen just tends to cinch up consistently with knots like, say, the non-slip mono loop.
- It’s pretty stiff. We’re lucky to spend most of our time fishing for big fish. All around the world, big fish like big flies. Big flies need to be turned over by a relatively stiff leader material. Ultragreen gets ‘er done – not so stiff that the fly lands with a ‘thwack’, but stiff enough to turn over that 1/0 Spawning Shrimp or that 2/0 Intruder.
- It’s not going to break the bank. These days, 220 yards of 15 lb Maxima Ultragreen will run you right around $12. 220 yards is a lot of leaders.
- It’s strong. We don’t have any IGFA-rated instruments lying around the house, but it sure seems like Ultragreen in any given rating between 10 and 30 pounds is awfully strong relative to its peers.
- It’s abrasion-resistant. Some leader materials (especially fluorocarbon materials) are extremely ‘hard’ but don’t knot well. Some materials (especially traditional monos) take a knot really easily but also get banged up quickly. We find Maxima Ultragreen to offer a great combination of ‘knot-ability’ and abrasion resistance. We fish some snaggy, rocky, corally waters, and Ultragreen just tends to hold up.