RIO Steelhead/Salmon Leaders



RIO's Steelhead and Salmon Leaders are perfectly designed for anadromous species such as steelhead and all types of salmon. Its glacial green color and non-glare finish disappear in all water conditions. Its knotless taper has a thicker butt section and uses a slightly stiffer co-polymer for turning over larger flies. This is also a highly abrasion-resistant leader.  RIO Steelhead and Salmon Leaders are super tough and incredibly strong.  
The recommended tippet for RIO's Steelhead/Salmon Leaders is RIO Steelhead/Salmon Tippet.

  • 6-Foot - Use the 6-Foot RIO Steelhead/Salmon Leaders when using sink-tips with either Spey rods or single-handed rods.  
  • 9-Foot - The 9-foot RIO Steelhead/Salmon leaders are a good all-purpose leader for floating lines and for guys fishing nymphs on single-handed rods.
  • 12-Foot - The 12-foot RIO Steelhead/Salmon leaders are perfect for fishing floating lines on switch rods or Spey rods.
  • Medium-stiff material for turning over large flies
  • long butt section and taper for great turnover
  • Maximum strength and abrasion resistance

RIO's Salmon / Steelhead Leader Sizing
Lb Test Diameter
20 lb. 0.017"
16 lb. 0.015"
12 lb. 0.014"
10 lb. 0.012"