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: weight forward leaders

12-28-2002, 09:50 AM
Does anyone still tie weight forward leaders anymore?
I have done this for years and it really helps turn over extra-fluffy drys, or streighten long leaders on a windy day...

The leader is tied like most normal tapered leaders to about 2/3 the length, then it tapers up quickly and back fown again to the tippit.

The quick increase turns your leader into a "MINI" weight forward fly line.

Example: 4x tippit
.019 - .017 - .015 - .013 - .011 - .009 - .015 - .011 - .009 - .007

Please feel free to give this a try, nothing is written in stone, use any taper and length you wish.

Who knows, it may be the edge you need on those windy days.

12-29-2002, 10:09 AM
I've used them in the past, and they DO work well. I haven't had occasion to use 'em lately though. Less wind where I live now.

I've tied leaders since I was a kid, and enjoy preparing several for a special trip. I have cut down on the number of reductions in mono diameter, going down in fewer steps - and with VERY good results. Depends on the knot used, I guess!

I use A.J. McClane's old formula of 60 % butt, 20 % taper, and 20 % tippet. It may be old, but it still works very well.