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|Originator: marty||Date: 8/6/2001 8:46 PM|
Maybe a dumb observation but I just started building my own leaders (maxima clear) and it occurred to me that having all those knots might spook fish, esp. the big knots at the butt end, and esp. for spey casting since I'm building 14' - 15' floating leaders. I use a double surgeons knot. If I want to taper down to 8# or less for low/clear water than I might have many different sections. Any thoughts?
Just trying to find an excuse for why I haven't gotten into fish lately, in spite of a record run on most of the rivers by me! Maybe going back to knotless leaders will prove me right/wrong.
|Originator: Poul||Date: 8/7/2001 4:57 AM|
I don't think I've EVER used a knotless tapered leader in about 30 years for steelhead ( I occasionally use a knotless leader for trout when I'm too lazy to tie up a knotted one). Leader knots are the least of your worries in regards to spooking fish -- if your knot is going to spook them, you can bet your fly will too. The leader formula I use for a floating line is as follows (green maxima):
8 feet 30lb;
6 feet 25lb;
If you want to go lighter, cut the tippet back to 9" and keep going down in diameter in 9" chunks until you add your tippet for a total length of 20 or 21 feet. You should have no difficulties turning it over with flies up to #2/0. Anything bigger than that and you better cut back to 15lb.
|Originator: Poul||Date: 8/7/2001 4:59 AM|
p.s. I use a blood knot as opposed to a surgeon's knot, out of habit more than anything else. The blood knot might be a bit less bulky.
|Originator: Poul||Date: 8/7/2001 5:04 AM|
p.p.s. Forgot to mention I have a couple of feet of 40 lb on the end of my fly line which attachs to my leader with double loops -- that's how you get up to 20'.
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