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Member Since 19 Sep 2011
Offline Last Active Oct 06 2011 10:29 PM

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In Topic: Leader ?

26 September 2011 - 10:09 PM

I agree with FlyFishin'Jam. When I was in the military there was an acronym, which I'm sure you've heard, KISS, Keep It Simple Stupid. I'm not in any way implying that you're lite in the head so please don't interpret this post that way. When I'm fishing I'm so engrossed with picking the perfect spot on the river, matching the hatch, determining my line (sinking vs. floating) leader size, tippet size, fly size, not drowning while wading, etc, etc. It's just so much easier for me to reach into my vest and have a variety of leaders, tippets, flies etc. Im not the sharpest knife in the drawer so keeping everything simply (KISS) is what I'm all about. I'm constantly re-thinking, loop vs. nail knot, weight of butt material, weight of fly (when fishing for big trout or steelhead I never use shot, I depend on the number of wraps of lead wire I put on various flies and I never use bobbers strike indicators) so I'm pretty much in frantic mode all the time. Using store bought leaders just makes my life much easier. I build my own rods, cork grips, reel seats, and tie my own flies, so I just can't add making my own leaders into the mix. I think it's really cool that fishers do, but I just don't. By the way, what are your thoughts on loop to loop vs. nail knots for tying on your leaders? What wt and length of butt material do you use?

In Topic: Leader ?

26 September 2011 - 10:31 AM

I've made mono or nylon leaders. Before the tapered leaders became so inexpensive we would make our leaders tying different sizes of mono, ie, 8 lb, then 6 lb then 3. (I used to have a formula for making different wt leaders) I've used straight fluro or mono line as leaders also and did OK. I've tried the Blue Sky fureled leaders but really didn't have much luck with them. I couldn't make them float. I prefer using the store bought tapered leaders because you don't have to tie as many knots (that can come UN-TIED while fishing) and it's much quicker when changing up.

In Topic: Leader ?

25 September 2011 - 06:27 PM

I use Rio Fluoroflex tapered leaders and Rio Fluoroflex tippet material.

In Topic: Top Wing

25 September 2011 - 12:37 PM

Perchjerker, please keep posting. I find you posts both interesting and very educational. 1st.Year.Tyer, the process is quite simple. Look it up and you'll see what I mean.

In Topic: Leader ?

25 September 2011 - 11:00 AM

I have 2 question. First I tryed to make a furled leader with mono and mine curled up and twisted in a few spots. What went wrong? #2 someone asked me a make a furled leader for salmon. What material should I use? He's using an 8wt. I would like to make some trout leaders for me with Fluorocarbon but need to know what I'm doing wrong. What do you think about the Versi Tip lines.?


Just curious, why would you choose a furled leader over a fluorocarbon leader for Salmon? I know the life span of fluoro vs mono is often the debate, but if you're using fluoro for the furled leader whats the difference? When fishing for large trout and/or steelhead we always use fluorocarbon leaders but we're very diligent to dispose of any waste material properly. I've always been told that a furled leader is best when making very delicate "Dry" fly presentations? Have I been given bad info all these years?