Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Androscoggin River
Leaders for Mid-Belly Floater and Smallish Flies
I'd appreciate comments and suggestions on leaders for smallish (< #4), unweighted (Atlantic salmon) flies for use with longer lines.
The rods will mostly be Loomis Greasers (15' 7/8, 14' and 15' 8/9s, and 17' 10/11) and tippets from 15# to 8# (start heavy and go lighter with smaller flies.
Lines are Vector XLs, SA Distance Speys, and SA XLTs. I have a few longer heads (e.g., NC FF70s, Gaelforce Clearwaters Specials, but they land like a Beaver and aren't coming to the river).
The typical leader is 1/3 butt, 1/3 taper, and 1/3 tippet; call 'em 4 ft each. The trick on the taper is no sections shorter than 2 ft. Bloodknots (and turtles) all the way down the line...
Tight Lines, Gonzos'
PS: I am pretty much married to knotting Maxima Chameleon starting at 40# and running down to 12# - 8#, but Ard Stetts' post got me thinking (danger Will Robinson) and figure that there is a lot of knowledge out there...