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Re: Leader lenght for LM Bass

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afishinado wrote:
When I switch to a good sized bugger or clouser, and want some depth I often add 3' of tippet say 2x or so to the tapered leader. I find that 4 or 5' of straight mono followed by the floating fly line tends to lift up my flies off the bottom. The longer length of mono (leader + tippet) tends to run deeper.


This is where we are on different paths... I always tie directly onto the leader. After years of salt water fishing in MA, I just never know when a toothy fish will surprise me. The rigid leader just gives more protection against teeth than tippet material, so I just don't use tippet for warm water... even when targeting bass. I've learned from experience that many "surprise" fish were lost from cut tippet.

Posted on: 2010/3/14 0:57


Re: Leader lenght for LM Bass
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What pound or diameter straight leader do you use and how long is it? A short leader heavy connected to floating line never seems to get deep enough for me.

Posted on: 2010/3/14 9:32


Re: Leader lenght for LM Bass

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afishinado wrote:
What pound or diameter straight leader do you use and how long is it? A short leader heavy connected to floating line never seems to get deep enough for me.


I typically use Maxima chameleon 10 to 15 lb. The 15 comes in at .015.
I will also confess to hating to "go deep." I will often look for situations where I can use poppers or shallow deceivers (even if I have to move) rather than go deep.
I certainly will go deep if I have to, of course. When I do, I'll switch to a sink tip or I have a few (very few) flies tied with 1/10th oz nickel eyes.

Posted on: 2010/3/15 15:52



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