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Tie your Own leaders?


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

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

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#31 Hot Tuna

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Posted 26 February 2006 - 12:00 PM

I like the UniBody leader which Gary Borger presented in Presentation wink.gif
4 feet .020 Maxima chameleon
1 foot .013 Maxima chameleon
4 feet .010 Maxima
To this add tippett of your choice(I use Orvis super strong) 6 to 8 inches for nymphing and 2 to 4 feet of tippett for dry fly fishing. My friend Jeff Passante also recommends this leader in his excellent little book on fishing the Housatonic(Amato, 1998)
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#32 sandflyx

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Posted 02 May 2007 - 06:22 AM

I produce furled leaders for my shop and another one, and standard for myself and shop.. bugeyes.gif

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#33 flycaster

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Posted 02 May 2007 - 01:45 PM

I may give the Borger a try this year. I enjoy tying my own, and checking out different formulas. When I want quick and easy for trout fishing, I tie on a store bought 7 1/2' 4x leader (usually S.A.- seems to work best for this), and add a goodly length of 5-6x tippet. Works well.

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#34 kerrye

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Posted 02 May 2007 - 10:37 PM

I have made my own furled leaders for several years and literally have used nothing else. Recently, I found an entry on a forum about the shorb loop and have started using it on my leaders. BIG improvement. tongue.gif

#35 Ron Eagle Elk

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Posted 02 May 2007 - 11:23 PM

I use furled leaders on my single hand rods. I do tie my own leaders for the two handers though.

#36 Worstcaster

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Posted 07 May 2007 - 10:26 AM

I tried tying my own this year. I don't think I used the right lengths and diameters, so they did not work out as wel as I had hoped. Previously I just used straight monofiliment.

#37 beaverfsu

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Posted 11 May 2007 - 06:03 AM

I am suprised at the number of Forum Members that use pre-mades....For myself, tieing my-own gives me better control over the ultimate goal of getting the fly on the water.
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#38 ron P.

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Posted 17 May 2007 - 03:03 PM



I tie my own leaders simply because it takes me less time to nail knot up three descending 6X , 4X , 2X sections than it is to contrive a loop to loop connection to my flyline!

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#39 cutthroat.trout

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Posted 18 May 2007 - 04:43 PM

For trout I've been using purchased tapered leaders, and for warmwater I use the butt ends of my trout tapered leaders and then tie on appropriate lengths of mono or fluoro after that.

Yesterday I tried my first furled leader, to see if I wanted to try my hand at furling my own. It worked great on my 8 weight for tossing huge pike streamers. I was impressed. Looks like I'll be looking for a good set of furling board plans.

Until recently I always attached my leaders to the inside of the core of my fly line with a needle and CA glue. I've always like the way it made fighting fish in a belly boat so brainless because you don't have anything to impede your line/leader connection.

Just tried whipping a loop into my fly line two nights ago and I think it works great. I'd say 85% as snag free on the rod guides. That's good enough for me.
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#40 mrcaddis

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Posted 19 May 2007 - 07:56 PM

Question on furled leaders:
How do you construct a furled leader?
Does anyone have a link to a site that shows how it is constructed?

Thanks in advance!
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#41 flycaster

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Posted 20 May 2007 - 06:21 PM

Try this link: http://globalflyfish.../henk/henk1.htm. It's several pages of step by step.

Chuck

#42 flytire

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Posted 20 May 2007 - 07:19 PM

furled leaders

http://www.furledlea...rled-leader.pdf

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#43 mrcaddis

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Posted 20 May 2007 - 09:07 PM

Flycaster & Flytire,
Thanks for the links, it helped out great deal.
Dazzle 'em with your hooks not your looks!!

#44 CM_Stewart

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Posted 21 May 2007 - 01:42 PM

mrcaddis,

Try this one, too: http://www.hatchesma...age/may2006/185
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#45 flyfishingtaz

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Posted 21 June 2007 - 07:35 PM

I voted tie my own, cause I do tie em occasionally. But as of lately I have been buying furled leaders as they last me a lot longer if they dont get broke off.
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