The “Big Nasty” part refers to its design to help the angler cast and turn over larger flies, particularly streamers. But we found ourselves tossing size #10 hoppers with these too—what’s not to like about leaders that turn over easily, particularly in windy conditions? You don’t lose anything on the presentation side, particularly if you elevate your aiming plane just a hair. Do that, and you get a full extension, and a better, longer drift. We really hope Santa stuffs a handful of these in our stockings. $5.99; rioproducts.com.
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