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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-04-2007, 07:54 PM Thread Starter
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What size leader do folks use when spey casting with a floating line? Is rod length a good starting point? Do you make your own? Seems like most of the long leaders are made for spring creek dry fly fishing, not exactly what I plan to be doing with my rod. I figure with a sink tip people go shorter to keep the fly deep.

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-04-2007, 08:08 PM
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You can get a lot of info if you search on leaders but a rule of thumb is at least as long as the rod for floating line work. I'm lazy so I usually just fish a 15' leader for most things. There are many formulas out there with some better than others. Once again, a search will turn up some good reading. I use a 60%-20%-20% formula and then play around with the weights. One that works for me is 60% 25# maxima UG, 20% 15# Maxima UG and then a tippet of 20% length of 8# UG or 13# Techtan Premium. The three piece is simple but you can improve on it with more complicated step-downs.


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Yes, the rod-length rule also applies to two-handed rods with floating lines. 15ft is close enough to the length of most two-handed rods and is the length of all the knotless tapered leaders available that I know of -except Loop which are 17ft.

I prefer to use the knotless tapered leaders. I like the 15ft tapered leaders from Rio. The old Climax steelhead leaders were great (tough like Maxima), but I don't think they're available in the 15ft length anymore. I also like the Loop leaders. I think some other manufactures also make 15ft tapered leaders, but the Rio ones are the ones I see the most and they are good quality.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-05-2007, 09:42 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys,
Did an initial pre post search but didnt find much (only looked at first three pages). After reading sinks post I started at page 11. Goldmine.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-05-2007, 10:15 PM
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Hey, you may want to look at an article at mdcurrent.com called "The case for furled leaders". I have made several leaders (15') based on the article and while start up is a pain, the leaders are AWESOME. I have one in my wader pocket that I have used damage free for almost a year.


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For floating line set-ups, I use a very similar leader construction to sinktip.

15 to 18' leader length, 3 piece stepped-down leader starting with between 30 and 20lb bs, intermediate 20 to 15lb, and tippet 15 to 10lb. If I go with lighter tippet, I add a small 2' section of 8lb.

Although I have relied on Maxima chameleon for many years, any good make of nylon mono will suffice, but I have used the more hardy fluorocarbon (Seaguar ACE) for tippets in Russia where rock abrasion may be an issue.

Wetted double clinch knots have never let me down for leader to leader connections, although double surgeon's knots are faster to do.

Maxima UG is a good choice, however, as I used this on a recent BC trip.


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