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Leaders?

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Do any of you make your own leaders? Would you share some formulas? What is the lightest tippet you've ever used to catch the most impressive trout on? LET'S TALK LEADERS!!!! and tippets.

Posted on: 2009/10/25 6:11


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I tie my own leaders. I use Art Lee's catskill tapers..His nine footers are the best IMO..Also like his 12' 7x..I've caught some decent size fish on 7x over the years..Also believe knotted leaders cause less drag, and are more elastic...

Posted on: 2009/10/25 9:21


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Use a nail knot with tapered (blood knot) sections of maxima. I typically use 4x if I can most of the year for tippet.

Although- I do use 5x on dries a decent amount of the time..

I usually don't go below 5x.

6x on really small flies- had success with the Harvey slack line for tricos on Spring Creek.

Since this is really my 5th or 6th year of being serious about fly fishing I am still experimenting.

Leader calc is a good guide.

Posted on: 2009/10/25 9:30
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I tied and used the George Harvey leaders for years. 4-5 years ago now, however, I switched to a new one. It uses 36" of .019 Orvis Hy-flote for the butt section, then tapered sections of stren lo-vis monofilament the rest of the way, finishing up with a 30" section of 5x tippet

Posted on: 2009/10/25 10:34


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Might have to start a new topic but, any one use a leader wallet..Right now, I simply use left over zip-lock leader bags..This works ok, but I kind of like the idea storing them in the same place; wallets make for easier access while on the water...Maybe some of the old school guys could chime in on this..

Posted on: 2009/10/25 16:47


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Might have to start a new topic but, any one use a leader wallet..Right now, I simply use left over zip-lock leader bags..This works ok, but I kind of like the idea storing them in the same place; wallets make for easier access while on the water...Maybe some of the old school guys could chime in on this..


Old school - these things last for decades - there's no zip lock to wear out.

Cortland leader wallet

I cut a piece of index card, and write the leader formula on it, and slide it in behind the coiled leader. This allows me to keep track of what the leader is at a glance. I carry three of these wallets in my vest, and the leaders within cover most anything I'd come across. Been doing this , well, since I was in school, and I'm OLD.

Posted on: 2009/10/25 17:06


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Heritage,

Nice, just what I was looking for, great price too..I also like your use of index cards.

Three wallets, you must have a lot of leaders built up?

Posted on: 2009/10/25 18:46


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you ask 100 people who make their own leaders and they all use something different , some use stiff butts , some use fine supple butts , some fluor some not , me i just use store bought because they work and a friend of mine told me their was no money saving in tying your own but its probably fun for some people kinda like tying flies

Posted on: 2009/10/25 19:27


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you ask 100 people who make their own leaders and they all use something different , some use stiff butts , some use fine supple butts , some fluor some not , me i just use store bought because they work and a friend of mine told me their was no money saving in tying your own but its probably fun for some people kinda like tying flies


I tie my own so I have them when i need them and do not have to make a trip to a flyshop. I also think that they turn over better than extruded leaders. The other bonus is that you know right where you need to start rebuilding your leader.

Posted on: 2009/10/27 13:18
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I used to tie leaders to/from formula. The last 10 years or so though, I've been buying Bass Pro Shop knotless tapered leaders in 7 1/2' 3X and 9' 4X and then adding sections of material up to .013 (2 mils up from 0X) PRN as I use it up.

My leader formula these days is to adjust the damn thing until it casts the way I want it to...

Posted on: 2009/10/27 13:29


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Dries: Harvey leader formula tapered to 5 or 6x.

Nymphs: a few feet of 25lb amnesia to straight 4x.

Streamers: if not using a sink tip, I'll use store bought tapered 2x or 3x leaders.

Posted on: 2009/10/27 14:29


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turning over better than store bought is merely opinion , tippet gauges tell u what tippet to tie on or use a surgeons knot when in doubt on diameter , there are times when i make a certain leader up but for the most part i buy em. everybody uses what works for them

Posted on: 2009/10/27 19:59


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i use both and truly dont notice a difference when i tie my own i use 54 inches of 8.8 lb maxima for butt then ill go 20" of 6lb maxima then ill do another 20 inches of 5x frog hair or maxima for a tip leader tying is somehitng i have not really begun to pay that much attention to another feature that extruded leaders have is they dont have knots to collect trash

Posted on: 2009/10/27 20:11
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I agree with Bruno...I think my hand tied leaders turn over better, but that's just my humble (but correct) opinion! I use leader calc.

Posted on: 2009/10/27 23:17


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one advantage to tying your own leader is adaptation to water conditions , example , if you fish alot of fast deep runs , you can tie a say 5x butt tippet , then 2x , then back to 5x , the thinner softer 5x butt acts like a hinge with the heavier 2x below it , pulls the nymph down deeper quicker

Posted on: 2009/10/28 9:20



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