Retwistable Haywire Bite Guards

Land more big, toothy saltwater fish with these reusable fly fishing leaders.

Retwistable Haywire Bite Guards


Fly fishing leaders for bluefish, barracuda, and pike. Not only are these saltwater leaders easy to use-they're reusable. The twist is prefabricated in a way that is easy to twist and untwist many times over. Easy-to-follow directions are included. Each package of fly fishing leaders contains six guards in a rigid plastic tube to keep them straight.
  • 4", 38 lb.
  • 4", 58 lb.
  • 8", 38 lb.
  • 8", 58 lb.
  • Reviews

    Overall: Show Rating Distribution 4.6 / 5 based on 12 reviews


    11 of 12 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

    • 5/5

      Outstanding Product - 5/19/2015
      By: from HI & CO

      I've used these 'haywire' leaders for casting to big, toothy northerns in northern Canada for the end of the week they are usually twisted, kinked and look terrible (badge of courage and durability!), but I've never lost a fly when using them. yes plastic sleeve is probably the weakest point of the entire rig, but carefully rewrapping the wire after several casts when the sleeve is gone works just fine. Quick changing of flies is a real benefit...not having to retie wire leader saves lots of time!

    • 4/5

      Work well - 10/21/2014

      This work as described. They make changing flies very easy. Only negative is a little difficult to get untwisted.

    • 5/5

      w00t - 5/27/2014
      By: from WIS CON SIN!

      Split these with a friend. Can't wait to use them and catch some big ones!

    • 5/5


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    • 5/5

      Haywire Bite Guard are GREAT - 1/29/2014
      By: from Pensacola, FL

      Fishing grass flats in the summer for Speckled Trout or Redfish with spinning gear can often get frustrating when Spanish Mackerel can bite your bait off. The "Retwistable Wire Bite Guards" have proven to be the answer to lost lures. It doesn't take long to realize there value when many lures used in my area cost $10 or $15 each. The 4 inch version of the bite guards are my preference and, in my opinion, they do not hinder the fish attraction to the lure in any way. I'd strongly recommend you give them a try, especially when the Spanish are in the area.

    • 5/5

      By: from Ireland

      It's tricky geting a quality trace for pike, light enough to cast, and robust enough to survive numerous hits from toothy pike. These traces do both well. Also the conections are slim enough to use with tube flies.

    • 3/5

      Could be improved - 1/30/2012

      A good idea and is convenient to use, but the plastic slide-over sleeve is flimsy and starts to fail quite quickly.

    • 5/5

      By: from Gloucester, MA
      Top 250 Contributor

      These are the only wire I use. I use mainly for bluefish and they have stood up to many blitzes. They are easy to work with, strong and make fly changes easy.

    • 4/5

      great little gadget. - 5/18/2010

      I'm just as likely to catch a Chain Pickerel, great at cutting a leader and tippet, as a Bluegill in my local lake. It also makes changing a fly quick and convenient. I find it does not interfere with casting or any other aspect of fishing.

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