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Old 06-18-2001, 08:41 AM
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In addition to the good advice above, the leader length varies depending on the situation:

a) floating line, clear water, light flies - opt for at least a 9 foot leader tapering down to a tippet size that matches the fly and the fish you hook

b) sinking line, clear water - shorten the leader down to 5-6 feet to bring the fly down while still minimizing the visibility of the sinking line

c) sinking line, low light or turbid water, big fly - I have effectively used leaders of 3' in these conditions without much concern especially where the presentation puts the fly first to the fish (downriver swing for instance)

d) Floating Spey taper - leaders of 10-12 feet are common, primarily because the rod lengths are very long (13-16ft)

There are some good leader 'recipes' in the leader section
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