This is a new product from Hanak (2013) and was apparently used very successfully by the Cz team in recent World Championships. Unlike a Hends French Leader (which I have and use up to now) which has a butt to tip taper this French Leader ( Hanak refer to it as a Cz Leader) has a more level body with a short taper at the point. The result is a leader which you can in effect “shoot” with a suitable rod, like my Hanak 4 in 1 Czech Nymph Champion #3.

The leader also has an integrated indicator so no need to tie one on separately and resiresin coating been used to cover the knots in the leader. The line is also vaguely UV purple tint in hue when deployed ( also in flu-yellow) and as a result its really easy to see both the line and the indicator from the position of the angler.

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I find it to be supple, easy to straighten out and gives good visibility at all ranges,

Not too bad value now, if you compare it to one of these fancy competition nymph lines which usually start around the £50 mark and you still need to add some form of indicator. The current price for the Hanak leader is around £13. The bright yellow is particularly visible as is demonstrated in this short video.

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