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05-07-2002, 10:06 AM
specialized leaders such as braided or furled ones for stripers, etc.?

If it's not recommended, why not? Just curious.


05-07-2002, 11:08 AM
Personally no. I use very simple leader set ups. Butt section of 50-40lb ( 3ft ) to 30-20lb ( 2ft ) to 15-10lb (1-2ft). I try not to get fancy because most of the time they are not leader shy. If using sinking lines go even shorter. Keep it as simple as possible. Alot of the time I use a straight piece of 10-16lb floro about 3ft long from the butt section. I know its not the best rig and lends to turn over problems but it works and as long as the fish don't care either do I.

11-25-2005, 10:40 AM
i furl my own leader and sell them might be able to if you furl one out of braided bass line such as fireline you will never break that but the problem is you might break your flyline......if anyone's interested in buy a leader

11-25-2005, 11:10 AM
For most striper fishing the leader's function is to distance the fly from the fly line with a clear stealthy section, very important in flats sight fishing but hardly a matter worth great concern in surf, rips or night fishing.

Secondly the leader needs to turn over big heavy flies, but that again is no more than a matter of energy transfer from the line itself thus any 20# test will do when you are throwing big heavy flies anyway.

All the trouble in the world will only get you an encounter with a bluefish or two, then it's back to wire tippet to save flies.

There are a lot of things to dial into to be a successful striper fisherman but the finesse of a leader's taper isn't at the top of that list IMHO.


11-25-2005, 02:24 PM
Juro is right on the money like always.

Saltwater leaders are used to connect the fly to the fly line. This gives it distance from the colored fly line. The fly itself has significant weight and momentum during the cast. The leader is the median between the fly line and fly that connects both.

Fresh water is a totally different animal. Since most flies are weightless and have a great deal of wind resistance, the leader is the vehicle to present the cast. One actually is casting the fly line and leader and not the fly. The fly just goes along for the ride.