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Thunderhead8
02-24-2007, 06:47 PM
I asked Lefty this question. I'll ask you guys too:

Just bought a new 5wt. line. What is your thinking on the best way to loop the flyline for a leader loop? I know there are braded loops, tube connectors, Gray's loop, needle knot, etc. Lot of choices, which do you prefer and why? If you like the mono loop, what weight would you use for 5wt line?


Tight lines,

Burt

Lindsey
02-25-2007, 10:38 AM
OOps..."Ditto to whatever Lefty says"

Leinart
02-25-2007, 09:31 PM
JUST a tube knot ...I just don't like having a small intersection of loops, knots, connectors, contraptions, and such where my fly line and leader meet.
I do, however, use an appropriate sized piece of monofilament line with a "perfection" loop when I am using real silk fly line because I am extra stingy when I comes to snipping off any of that silk line! :) (see "perfection" loop here http://www.orvis.com/orvis_assets/files/index.html)

Troutman
02-25-2007, 10:37 PM
I agree with Leinart. I like to keep all connections as clean as possible. I've tried the braid loop connectors but didn't like them. I pretty much nail knot the leader directly on to the fly line for a smooth transition to prevent hinging of the leader. The only time I do a loop to loop connection is on my sinking and sinktip lines on the 6 and 8 wt rods.
I would use .020 - .024 butt section on a 5 or 6 wt line. If your primarily fishing dry flies, use a supple butt for better turnover and if fishing lots of streamers or heavier nymphs , go with a stiff butt section at the leader-flyline connection.
Its all a matter of personal preference and being able to modify your leaders and rod setups onstream is something I believe everyone should learn to do.

robb
02-26-2007, 02:01 PM
I take an old tapered leader with a premade loop, cut off about the last 6-8 inches and nail knot it to the line so that the loop is ready to accept a pre-looped leader. Lasts forever and I've been happy enough with it.

Thunderhead8
02-26-2007, 09:00 PM
Thanks for the well thought-out responses guys.