Today we continue our Ask The Experts series, in which we pose questions somehow related to fly fishing to our panel of expert anglers.
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The question we asked our expert panel this week was “What’s your favorite leader material for chasing big fish in fresh water? Why?”
We knew there was an obvious answer or two, but were still surprised when 7 out of our 8 experts responded with Maxima Ultragreen. We professed our love for the stuff in this post a couple months back…it looks like the experts agree.
Here’s what a few of our experts have to say about Maxima Ultragreen.
“My favorite leader material for big fish in fresh water is Maxima Ultragreen in either 10 or 15 lbs. It’s tough, it’s strong, and supple enough for good knot ‘grip’. It’s also fairly easy to find nearly anywhere when you run out. That includes your fishing buddies’ boat bag or fanny pack.”
[Note: Charles has been known to loan out spare spools of Maxima to folks who run out…like we did on the Dean last week…]
“Maxima! As they say, ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.’ Maxima has never let me down. It’s strong, tough, and reliable. I generally use the Ultragreen, but when I make long tapered leaders for dry line work it’s stiff Chameleon down to the tippet which is Ultragreen. I get great turnover with some personal aesthetic appeal.
Strong? I could winch my driftboat out of the Skagit River with 15 lb Maxima.”
“I’m going to guess that overwhelming response will be Maxima Ultragreen. Really, is there any other choice? It’s supple, strong, abrasion resistant, wears a nice groove in the teeth and tastes better than any material out there. Oh, did I mention it’s really strong?”
“I like long shot spools of 15 lb. Maxima because, well, it’s Maxima. It’s got great abrasion resistance, stays fresh in my bag and it knots well. Seems like you’re either happy with Maxima or you’re experimenting with something else temporarily, then coming back to Maxima. “
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