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Old 05-25-2005, 01:57 PM
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sailfish leaders

hey guys, im looking for advice on sailfish leaders both igfa and non-igfa. im wondering what are some bite leader test weights and lenghts that yall find best.
as it is now for igfa im gonna run 12inch 60lb with leftys no slip loops on both ends(bite leader), to 1ft of 16-20lb (class), then to a 60lb (butt). is this close?

i practice the bimmini twist alot but when it comes down to it i rarely use it. (the loop is really long is that right?)what are some good examples of useage? letys no-slip is really close to 100%.
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Old 05-25-2005, 04:29 PM
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for igfa, your total length for the bite must be 12" (or what ever, look it up). The bimini is used to make 100% knots at both ends of the class tippet. Biminis tend to be big loops. Go loop to loop on you butt (5' or so), and a huffnagle or some sort albright to the bite.
For non igfa, I would use a two or three foot bite tippet so that the mate has an easier time leadering the fish.
Trey Combs book: "Blue Water FlyFishing" is the bible for this sort of thing.
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Old 05-25-2005, 06:42 PM
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your are just the guy i was hoping would respond. thank you. what is the lb.test of your bite leaders? do you use knots for the big stuff?(yeah 12inch bite, including knots for igfa)
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Old 05-25-2005, 09:00 PM
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it's been a few years since i fished for bill fish, but we used 100# mason and 80# Orvis flourocarbon. The Mason is no fun (stiff!).
I just checked out Trey Comb's book which has the leader set up that I used: 24" 50-60# butt with a loop on each end. 15-18" class tippet with a bimini @ each end. the class is conected to the but loop to loop and the shock is connected with a huffnagle.
I am sure that there are other, perhapse better, ways to do it. Josko?
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thanks again man. so, what are you connecting the butt to the line with if the butt is looped on both ends?
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Old 05-26-2005, 07:37 AM
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whipped loop on the fly line. I might be inclined use an albright and retie it every now and again.
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