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Tie your Own leaders?

How many of you out there tie your own leaders? What is your favorite recipie  

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I do both. I used to tie all of my own exclusively. But it just got old and my time wasn't worth it. If I can buy a trout leader for $4, that's worth my time for that. But for my specialty stuff like pike and steelhead, where a storebought leader won't work, I still gladly tie my own.

 

Jeff

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I use the tapered leaders. the reason I don't tie my own is that my buddy tied his the other day and used I think 1x,2x,3x,4x,5x,6x. His leader turned over very late, this was on a 4wt. rod. And plus they say that the more knots you have in your leader/tippet the more the line tends to break. I agree this is a good poll!!

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I choose by hand tied because. I currently use furled leaders with those little rings.

 

How ever I have recently bought a Magazine not to be mentioned by name which showed how to tie faux furled leaders(made by twisting a single strand of mono) and it was very simple ,but I think Ill want to build a ring in. It should also very simple to do and It casted well using the directed formula. However I think Ill enjoy the idea of tuning my own very soon.

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so are you saying a regular tapered leader won't work for steelhead??? why not? I always figured if you use 2x or 3x leader it would work?

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I buy the knotless tapered and make a loop after several flies have shortened it and slap on some 4, 6 or 8lb. test mono depending on the situation.

 

I am looking into a furled leader though after hearing nothing but good things about them.

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I've always tied my own,using the chart rougetrout mentioned earlier.2 years ago I started using silk furled leaders,and now use Quigleys silk furled leaders on everything 5wt and under.For my Wife,and everything 6wt and above I still tie my own.......really like the Frog's Hair tying kit,and sometimes add a flourocarbon tippet.

 

 

Wow....I'm a bait fisherman.That just sounds wrong.

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I make my own furled leaders now and they are the cat's pajamas! :yahoo: Once you get the hang of it they are quick and easy to make and the possibilities are endless for modifying to fit any situation.

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