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Old 11-17-2003, 09:41 AM
Capt. Mel Simpson Capt. Mel Simpson is offline
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Of course the size of the butt section of your leader depends on your rod size.

For a 10wt, I would use 5' of 40# hard mason. Then loop it to 3' of 16# hard mason (using a bimini twist to double the loop on the 16#). Then finally use 1' of 60# - 80# flurocarbon shock, attached to the 16# with a double blood knot.

The above is the same IGFA formula I use for the world record giant tarpon we fish for at Homosassa each May - June.

Mel
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