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Re: How short is too short for leader lenght?

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Idk i dont think id ever need a ring, I can usually keep one leader going for a really long time, and only using a few a year at like 4 or 5 bucks a pop isnt so bad

Posted on: 2011/5/30 20:03


Re: How short is too short for leader lenght?

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The loop idea sounds very interesting to me as a new fly fisherman, but I would have to agree with njk3395. I know it is frustrating/annoying to change leaders, but sometimes one must bite the proverbial bullet...

Posted on: 2011/8/16 16:05


Re: How short is too short for leader lenght?

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goodfortune wrote:
I like using tippet rings; you can keep your leader at a constant length and just replace tippet as needed. They will float just fine when fishing dry flies. I find them a bit pricey for what they are, though.

If you are fishing subsurface, tiny barrel swivels are a good alternative to tippet rings, as they are a bit cheaper.

Though I haven't used the perfection loop at the end of the leader, I think it will also work well. The knot is free; I might have to try it myself

+ 1 for tippet rings. I started using them several years ago and use them all the time now. I fished a Trico hatch yesterday with them, never had a problem. I also use barrel swivels for nymphing.

Posted on: 2011/8/18 11:28
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Re: How short is too short for leader lenght?

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Too short? I routinely bass fish with leaders of only 3-4'.

Posted on: 2011/8/22 10:14


Re: How short is too short for leader lenght?

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Too short? I routinely bass fish with leaders of only 3-4'.
Yes but Bass are not leader shy and are stupid! Ha.

Posted on: 2011/8/22 14:32
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Re: How short is too short for leader lenght?

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My preference has always tended toward long leaders, I prefer leaders long than 9 feet. Anything shorter would be a nymphing rig or for streamers.

Posted on: 2011/8/22 19:51
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Re: How short is too short for leader lenght?

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Chaz wrote:
My preference has always tended toward long leaders, I prefer leaders long than 9 feet. Anything shorter would be a nymphing rig or for streamers.


That's interesting. I would not imagine that statement from a die hard brookie enthusiast. What would you say your average leader set up is for fishing the average freestone PA brookie stream?

Posted on: 2011/8/22 23:37


Re: How short is too short for leader lenght?

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I use a 9.5 leader with a extra long tippet, with 5x tippet.

PaulG

Posted on: 2011/8/23 13:02


Re: How short is too short for leader lenght?

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pwk5017 wrote:
Too short? I routinely bass fish with leaders of only 3-4'.
Yes but Bass are not leader shy and are stupid! Ha.


hahaha they are AGGRESSIVE, there is a difference ;)

For trout I like a 8-9' leader and nothing longer. I have fished the 18' shanagins etc. and its not for me. I dont like casting those leaders and I feel like they can be used as a crutch sometimes, because your drift has much less drag, you dont have to worry about how your line lands on the water, and you have much better contact with your fly if you are nymphing. I fish the typical 9' leader or less because: 1, I like my leader to be about 6"-1' shorter than the length of my rod so I can hold my fly setup while moving from spot to spot and not have the loop-to-loop connection be within the rod's guides(the loop-to-loop sometimes sticks in my last guide cause of its size and it perturbs me). 2, I like the challenge of a shorter leader, because it doesnt do all the things I listed above. I enjoy reading the water and mending my line to accomplish an effective drift. No doubt, a longer leader can help an angler catch more fish and be more deceptive, but fly fishing has never been about the most fish for me.

Posted on: 2011/8/24 17:25



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