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Old 11-03-2004, 04:29 PM
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leaders for bahamas??

I am fishing at andros on my first bonefish trip in january and i am a little bit unsure regarding which tippet material to use in the hotter conditions than i am used to fishing in. Can you advise which flurocarbons would be appropriate. Cheers.
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Old 11-03-2004, 07:40 PM
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Scottsman,

This is simple, get a couple dosen 9' 15# tapered bonefish leaders (not Flurocarbon) then get one spool each of 8# and 12# flurocarbon leaders.

Use the flurocarbon as tippet material for the tapered leaders and your good to go.

For Andros for 15 days (the trips I use to take) I'd take 6 dozen #4 Tan Charlies and 2 dozen #2 Gotcha's.

I would also take 2 bottles of Glenfiddich/Glenlivit or your favorite single malt.

Enjoy, Mel
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Old 11-04-2004, 07:33 AM
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As far as which fluorocarbon material is best, I've found three that I really like for saltwater flats fishing. Rio Fluoroflex Plus and Seaguar Grand Max are outstanding materials with significantly better knot strength than many of the others. I also respool YoZuri Hybrid from reelfiller spools onto tippet spools and often use that too. It's a blend of fluorocarbon and copolymer mono and is really strong for its diameter. It doesn't absorb water and has outstanding knot strength. Any of those three should serve you well.
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Thanks for the replies guys ,on a similar note what is a good backing to use i am looking for something that is quite thin yet really strong.....any suggestions?..Cheers
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For backing I think 50lb spectra has become almost the standard. Airflow and Power Pro are two brands. Because it is so thin I would recommend using a bimini knot and then creating a surgeons loop to create two loops for connecting a loop to loop connection to the fly line. Another good leader material I have had good luck with is Airflow Sightfree G3. Really thin and knots well.

Sean

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Old 11-05-2004, 08:12 AM
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If you're going to put a bimini in GSP you have to do a lot more than twenty twists. I usually do at least 50 and I know guys who say they come closer to 100. It makes it a harder knot to finish, but it will hold. I'd also make the loop large enough that you can double it over before doing the surgeon's. That way you end up with two smaller loops. The GSP cuts so easily that one loop will often cut through the loop on the end of your flyline. The double loop seems to minimize that problem. It will still cut, though, so that loop on the end of your flyline should be replaced on a reasonably regular basis.
I've also used Airflo Sightfree G3. In fact, I almost included in my list in the post above. However, I still like the Rio and Seaguar products better. They just seem to be stronger for the diameter though my evidence is only anecdotal. In other words, I haven't done any actual tests to prove it.
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