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Leader Observations

2009/9/9 14:52
From Bel Air, MD
Posts: 21
Haven't fished much since the fall, but ready to dive back in the deep end now that spring has arrived.

As I reflect back on the times I fished last year toward the end of the season, my fish counts were down. I knew I was a little less patient, but my mechanics and processes were the same, so I was a little puzzled about it.

So just like when you have a problem with a computer or software, I thought "what's different - something had to change." But the challenge was figuring out what. It took me a while, but I think I am onto something, and I wonder if anyone has had a similar experience.

In the summer, I tend to fish a lot of warm water, so I don't get too overly technical with my hand tied leaders. A smallmouth or a sunfish will eat a popper now what what it is tied to, right? So I bought some Cortland brand tippet - using the 3x and 4x for my leaders. I tied some trout leaders with it too, since I kept it all at my tying table.

In restocking some supplies recently, I purchase all new Orvis Superstrong tippet and tied up a leader just for my trip to the Gunpowder. 4 fish in hand, 2 LDRs, and 3 misses. Can't be a coincidence, can it?


Posted on: 2013/4/15 23:17

Re: Leader Observations

2006/9/9 11:22
From New Castle, PA
Posts: 424

BelAirSteve wrote:
I knew I was a little less patient, but my mechanics and processes were the same, so I was a little puzzled about it.

Sound like you were expectign to just show up and start catching fish. When that happens to me I usually don't do well. Even if it seems like you were doing everything right, you probably were not doing it as well as when you had better focus. I also find myself thinking less and getting lazy in making adjustments to my rigging and technique when I get into one of these phases.

Your brand of tippet wasn't a factor, but perhpas just changing it up a little caused you to start concentrating more.

Spring time is also easier fishing than late in the year.


Posted on: 2013/4/16 7:24

Re: Leader Observations

2009/4/1 21:52
From Johnstown, PA
Posts: 5
Spring time might be easier but not as much FUN!!!!

Posted on: 2013/4/17 5:58

Re: Leader Observations

2010/6/19 16:43
From Clinton County, Pa.
Posts: 230

osprey wrote:
Spring time might be easier but not as much FUN!!!!
I agree , I love fishing terrestrials and the trico hatches during the summer.

Posted on: 2013/4/17 8:22
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