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Old 07-28-2006, 02:20 PM
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Straight leader for noobs?

I am trying to teach a couple of my freinds to fly fish but running into a major problem: They are losing flies/leader at such a rate that it is becoming prohibitively expensive and they don't catch much because they spend so much time untangling and tying knots. I was thinking back to when I was a kid and my dad taught me I'm pretty sure he just had me using a relatively heavy peice of monofilament as a leader.

It seems like this would be strong enough to rescue alot of thier flies and also prevent tangles. In addition the extra weight might make it easier to cast. Since they are hardly ever using dry flies is there any reason not to give them a relatively thick striaght leader?
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Old 07-28-2006, 02:47 PM
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heavier mono will probably help but you can just cut back the leader too

probably the best thing would be to get them some casting lessons and I dont mean that to be a insult

the lites really can go on with a good casting class and we have a lot of good shops around the PNW
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Old 07-28-2006, 03:00 PM
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probably the best thing would be to get them some casting lessons and I dont mean that to be a insult

the lites really can go on with a good casting class and we have a lot of good shops around the PNW
I agree but I don't think their money will allow for that right now. I'm trying to encourage them to practice off the river and that would probably help too.

Oh yeah I'm in GA currently too but we do have flyshops that offer lessons.

So straight monofilement is it at least for the time being.
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Old 07-28-2006, 04:55 PM
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Most flyshops will take them out for a freebie lesson just to get them going. When I worked at one I would welcome the opportunity to get outside and cast with a customer.

I agree with chromer, the root cause isn't the leader however beefing that up a bit sure won't hurt in the meantime.
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