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Old 12-06-2009, 09:45 AM
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Question Leader Opinions

Mono, braided butt, furled. What do you guys favor? With colder weather, I'm thinking about going back to a braided leader because it is so hard to get the coils out of a regular mono leader especially for fishing a midge on the surface.
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Old 12-06-2009, 12:27 PM
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Back in the middle of the summer i purchased a leader tying kit and started tying my own leaders. Im very pleased with the decision. It allows you to make many different leads for the different situations you encounter, for a fraction of the cost. As far as getting the coils out of a tied leader its alot easier, i just grab the knots on the end of each section between my thumb and finger and pull with a good bit of force, but not to much and it stretchs the coils right out. I don't even carry a leader straightner anymore. I found a program on the internet thats FREE called LeaderCalc. Steve Schweitzer from the global fly fishers made it. He was tired of always having to relentlessly search for leader formulas so he compiled a huge list of leader formulas and made an excel program to where all you have to do is enter your line wt. (3wt,5wt etc), the length you want and final tippet size and it gives you the formula (size and length of each section) for anywhere from just a few all the way up to 50 different types of leaders. Theres nymph leaders, dry only leaders, all-purpose, bass bug etc. Heres the link if you want to check it out- http://globalflyfisher.com/fishbetter/leadercalc/
The initial cost for a leader kit is a little bit, but you save alot in long run. Each leader is something like $0.25-0.30. I think its fun, and its a good feeling to catch fish on leaders you tied yourself. Now i just need learn how to tie flies. I got tired of spending anywhere from 3 to 5 or 6 bucks on a single leader. check it out its really interesting.

Brad Redmon
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Old 12-06-2009, 06:02 PM
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When I started flyfishing in the early 80's, I tied all my leaders. Still have a couple of the kits, although I am sure the material is rotten. Even with the braided leaders you have to tie a transition or taper section, so to a certain extent I am still tying leaders. I cold weather, it takes forever to get the curl out of the butt section of mono. So it is back to the braided stuff which I fished for years. Looked up the site you referenced. Has some interesting material. Thanks, Silvercreek
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Old 12-06-2009, 10:05 PM
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I got in to tying leaders last summer. However, I have discovered it is much easier to buy them for what I do with them...

Now maintaining and using the correct tippet are key....

Let me know how the homemade leaders work in cold weather. I lost too many fish last year to line breakages...
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