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Warmwater Leader Formula

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I have been fishing warmwater for years, but typically buy the leaders already built. I would prefer making my own, and am interested in hearing if anyone has a leader formula they like, or can point me in the right direction.

I primarily fish a 7 or 8 wt. for bass and stripers, with the occasional pike getting caught. Depending on the species, I will adjust up to a 9 weight, mainly to throw the larger patterns. The tippet normally goes down to 6lb.

Thanks for any replies,

Tim

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Re: Warmwater Leader Formula

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for stripers i have been using straight 25. about 5 ft. with one dropper. simple, cheap easy. for bass I'm usually not trying to make a delicate presentation.

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Re: Warmwater Leader Formula

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Quote:

ebroesicke wrote:
for stripers i have been using straight 25. about 5 ft. with one dropper. simple, cheap easy. for bass I'm usually not trying to make a delicate presentation.


By one dropper, do you mean:

25# - 5'
~`8# - 2'

Thanks,

Tim

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Re: Warmwater Leader Formula

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no just straight 25# with a dropper ( like czech or wet fly set up) about 18" above the terminal end.

This set up should work for pike too, although I don't think I have ever caught one on the fly, my standard rig with gear ends in 20# flouro, which I haven't had bit off. No bueno for blue fish though, you need 80#+ mono for those bastages.

For open water Large or smallmouth I would think the 8lb tippet is good, i would use a long butt section if you want to tie your own. However, in heavy cover, bass guys (like tournament) routinely use 25# flouro, so depending on your situation, 1 5' piece of mono/ flouro (use mono) could work out.

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