Super Strong Knotless Leaders

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The Super Strong nylon fly fishing leaders excel in the widest range of fly fishing conditions because the material balances three crucial elements better than any other fly fishing leader material: elasticity, knot strength, and suppleness. In olive.

  • This fly fishing leader is preferred for standard dry fly fishing, for smaller nymph fishing in broken water, and for fly fishing with small streamer patterns.
  • This leader has the highest breaking strength of any nylon fly fishing leader material.
  • Very soft and supple in all temperatures for lifelike fly action.
  • Less memory than other materials so leader will not coil.


Overall: 4.8/5 starsShow Rating Distribution 4.8 / 5 based on 53 reviews

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52 of 53 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Great price - 3/18/2014
    By: from Wyomissing,Pa.

    I have used these before and am very happy with the product. Strong and durable and I would recommend these to anyone.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Yet another Orvis Supurb Product - 3/7/2014
    By: from Seattle, WA

    In the Pacific NW regon, these leaders will last throughout the entire fishing season. The taper is well designed and is supple enough to turn over flies perfectly.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Tarpon tapers! - 3/7/2014
    By: from Puerto Rico

    I use these short tapered leaders for baby tarpon and usually tie about 12" of 20# fluorocarbon to the end so I don't lose the flies. The leaders turn over very well and are ideal for this type of fish where a long leader is unnecessary.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Long time user - 1/3/2014
    By: from Pensacola, Fl

    I have been using Orvis leaders for many years and have never been disappointed. The material they use is strong and the taper allows it to lay out nicely. If I do my job, these leaders do theirs!

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Most reliable product - 12/31/2013
    By: from Leavenworth, Washington

    These leaders are by far the best knotless leaders I have used. here in Washington State I hook into some very large fish while fly fishing and the one thing I do not have to worry about is the leader breaking in your Super Strong Knotless Leaders. It assures me that I won't leave a fish with a fly or dangling leader in it mouth when i release the fish back into the wild or keep when I catch a hatchery steelhead for example

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    A Well Received Gift - 12/26/2013
    By: from Texas

    I mentioned to the person who received the product as a gift that Orvis had been asking for feedback. He said to say that he "is very satisfied" with the product--"it's overall a good company with trusted products."

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Very pleased - 12/13/2013

    I have used these leaders for salmon and steelhead. They have very good strength and seem to perform well in cold weather too.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Good product as usual - 12/7/2013

    Top grade products . A pleasure to visit the Orvis store.

  • 4/5 stars 4/5

    Good Product - 10/21/2013
    By: from Washington State

    Bought 6'length 1X (!3lb) leader on sale cheap. Worked great to tie on 12 lb fluorocarbon tippet for catching 10 pound steelhead.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Superior Leaders - 9/16/2013
    By: from Houston, TX

    Very strong leader with no bumps or irregularities. Good to buy!

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Super Strong Leaders and Tippet Material

Super Strong Leaders and Tippet Material is a co-polymer resin system developed exclusively for Orvis and is sold by no one else. This is Orvis’s best selling material of all time—a great material at a great price!

Short History of Tippet Material

The first pound of nylon produced by DuPont in 1939 cost 27 million dollars, but by the time postwar fisherman returned from Europe and the South Pacific, it was being produced at a reasonable price in large quantities and quickly accepted by fishermen. Nylon is much stronger per diameter, and made the use of smaller flies possible. Nylon is also unaffected by cold water, most solvents, has excellent resistance to abrasion, and is not weakened by age if it is left in the dark and not exposed to ultraviolet light. Orvis tippet material has a special finish applied to it, which makes it resistant to breaking down when exposed to ultraviolet light.

What are Copolymers and Cofilaments?

Prior to the mid 1970s, nylon tippet material was made from nylon 66, one of the original nylons developed by DuPont. It was sometimes blended with other kinds of nylon, where the raw nylons were melted together before they were extruded. In the 70s, monofilament manufacturers began offering two types of products. The first was a cofilament, where one type of nylon is sheathed with another type. The better product is a copolymer, where the nylons were chemically bonded to form larger polymers. All top quality nylon tippet materials, including Orvis Super Strong, are now copolymers.

We know that most of these copolymers are a mixture of nylon 6 and 66 combined with some other kinds of nylons and resin systems. The exact formulas are kept secret by the nylon manufacturers, and even if you have an exclusive with a particular formula of tippet material, you have no idea exactly what is in it. When we test tippet materials, we will be given a range of formulas to test with arcane designations like G-3 and T-1, and we then test both in the laboratory and the field.

We will often get back to the manufacturer with feedback like: “make it more supple,” or, “make it slightly more abrasion-resistant.” We then go through another round of testing. Many of the top brands are made in the same factory in Japan, but each brand of tippet has its own unique chemistry. Customers see many of the top tippet materials wound on the same type of spools and assume they are the same, but this is the same as assuming that all ice creams taste the same and have the same ingredients because they all come in the same type of container.

Benefits of Super Strong

Special Resin System = Incredible Strength: Super Strong has the highest known strength of any material we’ve tested because the nylon molecules are reinforced by a special resin system.


  • Makes Super Strong stronger than any other material on the market today.
  • 3.5 pound strength in 6X, and a full 6 pounds in 4X. This means you can use lighter tippets to fool more fish without worrying about breaking them off.

Refractory Index: Super Strong is specially formulated to be much more invisible than standard nylon material. Standard clear nylon tippet material has a refractory index of 1.62. Super Strong is 1.53.


  • Increased transparency when under water.

Very Supple: The modulus of tensile elasticity gives you a measure of a fiber’s resistance to bending — its stiffness. The higher the number, the stiffer the material. Super Strong has a modulus of tensile elasticity of .57 kilograms per square meter, making Super Strong material softer than standard nylon tippets and leaders. It even maintains its softness in very cold water.


  • Permits a very lifelike presentation to fish.
  • Improved abrasion-resistance.

Low Memory: Super Strong has very little memory.


  • Comes off tippet spools straight and very consistent with very little stretching.
  • Makes for cleaner fly presentation.

Water Absorption: Standard clear nylon material absorbs approximately 8-10% of it’s mass in water. Super Strong is specially formulated to meet Orvis’s strict demands of no more than 3.5% absorption.


  • Maintains a high level of strength over longer period of time in the water.
  • Much stronger wet knot strength.
  • Longer shelf life of product.

Specific Gravity: Super Strong has a specific gravity of 1.14, making it just slightly heavier than water.


  • Super Strong floats higher in the water while just breaking the surface tension.
  • Tech Note: Specific Gravity is technically defined as, “the dimensionless ratio of the density of a substance with respect to the density of water.” The SG of water is equal to 1.0 by definition. Any SG number larger than 1.00 will sink, and less than 1.00 will float.

Incredible Knot Strength: Tensile strength gives you a relative measure of a material’s breaking strength. Another factor critical to fishermen is how a material holds up when knotted. In a test of 4X material from four competitors (Maxima, Climax, Umpqua, Dai-Riki), six-turn blood knot’s were tied, then allowed to soak for 10 minutes (nylon absorbs water depending on the polymer makeup, and this causes knots to break slightly under a test performed with dry material). The identical tensile test was then performed and the average of the three tests was taken. Results were consistent with all tests. Super Strong broke at more than double the strength of the Maxima and Climax, and was approximately 15% stronger than the Umpqua and Dai-Riki.

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