It's fine stuff
- By: Buzz Bryson
For most of us, selecting leader or tippet material is largely an anecdotal experience. I can't begin to tell you how many people I've asked which brand of leader material they use, and why they chose it. I am sure the number who responded with something like, "Well, I conducted repetitive breaking-strength tests, using a variety of knots, and under both straight tension and "shock" conditions, and I found Brand X is by far the best for my typical fishing conditions," could counted on one hand with enough fingers left over to hold a pretty large drink.Thus, if you're one of those who tried Gamma Technology's material because it was "as fine as Frog Hair", that's OK, because it's good stuff. Gamma's "claim to fame" is as a manufacturer of synthetic tennis racquet strings-a field in which the company is a recognized leader. Gamma has applied a similar analytical approach to developing tippet material. While the technology is proprietary, Frog Hair was developed with several key attributes in mind: The material has to be strong for a given diameter-an obvious criterion-and it is. It also has to be supple, to help with presentation and drag-free floats. So Gamma incorporated enough elasticity to provide a high shock resistance, to keep that big fish from breaking off. The proprietary process also ensures a high knot strength, without which the other attributes are meaningless. Finally, Gamma has tested Frog Hair against competitive brands of material, and will proudly show the results. So, whether you're one who prefers to trust the numbers, or one who'd rather rely on recommendations from guides or fishing companions, it is important that believe in our gear and fish it with confidence. Frog Hair leaders and tippets have proven themselves to satisfy both types of anglers. One of the good things I've noticed about Frog Hair is that it's user friendly. "Pro" anglers who can tie Bimini twists behind their backs are used to massaging knots so they snug up firmly. But less-than-full-time anglers want material that is easy to use. Frog Hair knots easily, with no binding or galling or need for special lubricants. Knots are small, neat and strong, and can be fished with confidence. The material is supple enough for a given diameter-I repeat myself, but suppleness is that important-to allow leaders to transmit the energy for good turnover while remaining limp enough for slack line casts and good dry fly presentations. Frog Hair material is a delight to work with-and a pleasure to fish.