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I've been fishing the 7/8 WA55 all winter. 90% of my time has been split between two setups: 15' Rio Type 6 8 weight tip and a 15' Riop Type 8 10 weight tip.

The WA handles both with no problems although the 10 weight does require a bit different stroke. I've been meaning to pick up a type 8 in 8 weight but haven't got around to it yet.

The rest of the time has been a 15' Type 3 8 weight tip.
 

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99 percent of the time I use a mono dry leader the length of the rod I'm using. The few times I use an int. poly leader, it's 15' length on rods over 13' and a 10' poly leader on rods less than 13'. That seems to work well for me.
 

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Leader Length

Realized I likely misunderstood what you were asking.

For tips work I have run 4-5' of 12# Maxima.
For floating, 12-15' of stepped down Maxima

I have thrown 10' Airflo floating polyleaders with 5-6' of mono. 14' polys worked but were sluggish. I would not throw a sinking poly off unless used as a tip.
 

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Thanks, gents for the replies! :)
Using 15ft polyleaders and not getting quite the turnover I'm hoping for as it often collapses into a pile of mess. Wind doesn't help I guess... Which is weird coz 15ft of T3 works perfectly on the WAs.
 

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Depends on the rod and the presentation

For fishing near the surface, swinging small wets and similar situations, I used a leader that is 1.5 times rod length. With heads and other sunken applications I drop back to rod length or much shorter for deep flies.

A WA45 on a Beulah 1327 lays out an 18' leader with ease.
 

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Thanks, gents for the replies! :)
Using 15ft polyleaders and not getting quite the turnover I'm hoping for as it often collapses into a pile of mess. Wind doesn't help I guess... Which is weird coz 15ft of T3 works perfectly on the WAs.
This will be super counterintuitive, but try it-- you'll see...
On FFs, try an 18'+ mono leader, but use a less aggressive forward stroke.
My FFs only pile up when I'm trying too hard. They generate such line speed that problems arise when I hit it too early and too hard in the forward cast.
 

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I agree Steve, it's always worth experimenting. I have not tried 18ft leaders on any of the nextcast heads as of yet. I'm gonna give it a try. One Thing I have been doing for a couple years now on the 45ft heads is running a short section of 50lb maxima for the butt section and it works incredibly well. Alot of times in the spring and summer I don't want to deal with sinktips I'll just but on a moderately weighted fly something tied on a loop bottle tube that gets the fly down a couple feet. The 50lb butt really helps turn these over and grains per foot it's about the same as the tip of the line so it's a smooth transition.
 
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