Mirage Trout Leaders

Our fly fishing trout leaders are designed to turn over flies perfectly.


Some fluorocarbon leaders are blended with nylon, lessening the benefits of abrasion resistance and low visibility. Pure fluorocarbon Mirage™ has the highest abrasion resistance of any leader or tippet. And its refractive index is so close to that of water that Mirage is virtually invisible. With a specific gravity of 1.76, it breaks surface tension quickly and sinks quicker than nylon, perfect for nymphing. Fluorocarbon materials retain their knot and tensile strength in water. Preferred for nymphing, especially in gin-clear waters or where fish are educated. Great for large streamers too. Outstanding turnover power, the result of patented extrusion taper technology—an Orvis exclusive. Fly fishing leader preferred in spring creeks, stillwater situations, for use with large streamers, or when fishing with nymphs in clear water where trout are fished over heavily.


Overall: 4.7/5 starsShow Rating Distribution 4.7 / 5 based on 47 reviews

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47 of 47 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Great leaders - 1/15/2014
    By: from Washington DC

    Use these any time I fish a sub surface fly or if fish are particularly picky. Invisible in water and super strong. I always carry these and the tippet.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Depenable Leaders - 1/13/2014
    By: from Pinson, Alabama

    sometimes people balk at buying better quality items. Lose a big Rainbow. I have tried others but not any more. Mirage Leaders are all that I will ever use. RJ

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Excellent leaders - 9/9/2013
    By: from Hendersonville, NC

    You pay a little more for mirage but the quality is worth it... flurocarbon holds up better.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Mirage Trout Leader - 7/23/2013
    By: from Connecticut

    I don't buy anything but the Mirage Leaders. When something works as well as this, it would be nothing less than foolish to add an inconsistent variable to my fly-fishing. They are too expensive, they are rarely on sale, but they are tried and true. I refuse to waste my time and lose a fine catch due to using something inferior.

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    Fish can not see this mirage - 12/28/2012
    By: from Louisville, Kentucky

    This stuff is insane. Has great tensile strength yet very supple. Also can go up a size from normal since it is so clear under water. It's great on them light weight fly rods.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Fleurocarbon v. Nylon - 9/25/2012
    By: from Kettering

    These leaders turn over beautifully on my 1 weight superfine touch and a hydros 1 line. However, having only used fleurocarbon for tippet before I didn't realise it sinks and mucilin does not keep it afloat! So great for nymph and wets but not for dries - my personal choice! So good product as usual - my fault in choosing the wrong product!

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Only leader I'll ever use for trout! - 9/16/2012
    By: from Winooski, VT
    Top 100 Contributor

    After reading online a few years back about the best fluoro leader and tippet, I was directed towards Mirage. Thought I'd give it a try and bought a few leaders and a few spools of tippet. The leaders are fantastic, and along with being very strong for it's diameter, it has the stretch needed for when a huge landlocked or steelhead in VT explodes after a hookset. To be honest, I think the lb test on the leaders are MUCH higher than what it says on the packet. The 4X feels stronger than any 6 lb line I've ever used. Overall a perfect leader.

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  • 4/5 stars 4/5

    Best leader for streamer fishing - 8/2/2012
    By: from Mantova - ITA

    An excellent leader; butt, taper and tip well designed as lengths and diameters. Camouflage suitable for salt and freshwater streamer fishing. To be improved the loop end of the butt (it would be better to use a "perfect loop" knot). Excellent resistance to breakage and abrasion. Very good quality vs price ratio.

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