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Gaeron Friedrichs

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Hand Tied Nymphing Leader
« on: July 03, 2013, 11:50:57 PM »
Hey everybody. I've realized everybody fishes their own way. And for those who hand tie their own leaders I've noticed a lot of them differ and I am interested in seeing what you guys use. So, what do you guys use for nymphing leaders?

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Re: Hand Tied Nymphing Leader
« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2013, 01:48:54 PM »
so, as you can probably tell, people can be weird about their leader formulas lol.
personally i'm just using @18' of 20lb maxima straight to my sighter. i have other leaders that
i'm playing with..

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Re: Hand Tied Nymphing Leader
« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2013, 02:23:17 PM »
Yep some people can be funny about some things.
I am playing around with a lot of different things, but as a whole I like long leaders. (My favorite are around 50ft) For that I will use around 30'-35' of 20-30lb mono, to make a long belly. Originally I would use 20lb or 30lb hard mono but it holds pretty badly. It is ok for using with heavy flies like leeches and streamers. Not so good with small flies, so I have started using soft mono instead. (I am a big fan of p-line).

 Have two small step downs from the belly to sighter because my sighters are usually around 8lb. Though they can be a little thicker if I am using Simans instead of amnesia. From there is it just tippet out to the fly.

 I am sure that there are lots of leaders systems that are way better. This is just the one that I am using right now. The leader has gone through changes as I improve it, but it also get adapted to changes in my style. The type of water I am fishing also affects it at times. Sometime in faster water I will use thicker sighter and have a different step down. Other time I will use amnesia or thin simans when I am going for potentially spooky fish.

I am working right now on some short leaders, perfecting a dry dropper leader, and a streamer leader. (I have a lot of ideas, and have made a few but haven't had a chance to test them out.) One of the joys, and frustrations, of making your own leaders is the ways  to perfect, or screw up, your leaders are vast.

One simple leader that some do which I plan on playing with some. Is to buy a store bought leader (6ft-15ft) that ends in 2x-3x then attach a sighter and tippet. You can cut the leader back to make it shorter as needed. A big advantage is that you have less knots in the back part of the leader.

Not the easiest for me to answer because my comp rod range from 8' to 10'. (With an 11' being added in the near future)
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Re: Hand Tied Nymphing Leader
« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2013, 04:02:23 PM »
Just keep in mind, if you want to stays "fips" legal keep the leader shorter then twice the rod length.

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Re: Hand Tied Nymphing Leader
« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2013, 04:33:24 PM »
Doesn't that rule only apply when you are fishing national or international events? I thought I saw that for the rest of this year we would be using the fips 2011 rules. Which if we are they allow for any length leader if I remember correct.
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Re: Hand Tied Nymphing Leader
« Reply #5 on: July 05, 2013, 08:29:11 AM »
depends on if tl decides to stick with the fips rules or adopt some version of it..either way
i think shorter leaders being enforced are just a matter of time. personally, i'm abiding as closely as possible to fips and i've starting working with the shorter leaders.

 

 
 
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