Jump to content
OzarkAnglers.Com Forum
Sign in to follow this  
fishinwrench

Leader length?

Recommended Posts

When do you think you need a 9-12' leader, and why?

Personally I can't manage a leader that's over 7.5' for my style of fishing, and I prefer one that's about 80" for everything from tiny dry flys to monster bass bugs, and nymphs to streamers.    So what's the alleged purpose of longer leaders?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

5 weight for tail water trout I run a 7' Luck Dog tapered leader from Feathercraft with 2.5-4' of tippet material.  Whatever looks right when I'm pulling it off the spool.

For hybrids I use a 9 weight with a 4' section of 14 pound and a 3' section of 10 pound.  I can turn over anything with that setup.

https://www.feather-craft.com/feather-craft-lucky-dog-leader

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I twist my own up at 55" using Trilene XL green.

Depending on the use it is either 12#, 8#, or 6# Trilene    Good enough for tippets ranging from 12# to 6x flouro. (7x in a pinch).

What got me fired up about this was a guy at Bennett last weekend throwing drys on a 12' leader.  He was doing ok but it got me wondering why so many guys put themselves through the fuss of dickin' with so much leader.  Casting, mending, and strike detection just flat sucks with all that excess leader, so there has to be a reason.

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

A lot of books and mags talk about real long leaders.  I've been using the same setup for years with no problems.  I had the same hybrid setup on my 9 weight in Cozumel for bones a few years ago and the guide laughed and said "okay, we'll try it".  Due to language barrier I couldn't find out why he was dogging it.  I had caught 100's of fish with it.  Turns out they use 20 pound minimum for tippet due to the scraggly rocks.  Had the first one on and off in 10 seconds.  He laughed at me while putting on the heavy tippet. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
36 minutes ago, snagged in outlet 3 said:

It wasn't the fly size it's the rocks.  After I would fight a fish the leader would be so beat up we had to put a new on.  Literally chewed up. 

I got that, but surely you're not tying a size 6 fly to 20# tippet ?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Saltwater is different. The fish are not leader shy. Barnackles, oyster bars, coral, and fish teeth will shred anything under 20lb. Usually use a  25lb flouro bite tippet for snook & redfish. 60lb for tarpon. The flies are usually in the 4-1/0 range. Sometimes smaller, some bigger. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Gavin is correct.  This box has caught bones, tarpon redfish and snook morning n Louisiana Florida Bahamas Mexico and Cozumel. All on the same loom is 9 weight.   

Most people don’t realize the flats are not just sand but lava rock covered in muck with sticky monkey dodo all over. 

6A13300D-91DC-43B0-B836-E32448E9E97C.jpeg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

×

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.