Custom Leaders - My next adventure

Moderators: William Anderson, letumgo

Mike62
Posts: 228
Joined: Mon Aug 06, 2018 3:50 pm

Re: Custom Leaders - My next adventure

Post by Mike62 » Sun Jun 30, 2019 7:05 am

You know, I was perfectly happy with my meager knowledge of the various pitfalls of fly fishing paraphernalia before I landed here. Now, Dana has me eagerly seeking out antiquated and obscure hooks (boy, is that fun!) and here I've just been given yet one more spool of tippet material I have to try...

...I'm not bitching you understand, I just feel like I've been living on austerity rations my whole life and you guys dragged me into the buffet line at a Chinese restaurant.
User avatar
Theroe
Posts: 768
Joined: Sat Feb 25, 2017 11:42 pm
Location: New York City

Re: Custom Leaders - My next adventure

Post by Theroe » Sun Jun 30, 2019 9:29 am

Trevis wrote:
Sat Jun 29, 2019 3:10 am
Theroe wrote:
Fri May 31, 2019 6:38 am
great stuff - love the milk jug idea, Hankaye!!
In the late 19080's, I was on a custom leader kick - it is a lot of fun. Plus you can fabricate leaders for any purpose, and get your tippet to behave exactly how you want. Anymore, I just buy 9' tapered to 3X, and add my 5' of 3X with three loops on the end. It is fast, easy, and suits my fishing. Changing flies and the 5' looped tippet only takes seconds....


One other point - the absolute very best tippet material is Damyl Tectan Superior - NOT their fluorocarbon. It has the suppleness of the very early pinkish DaiRiki(pre oblong spools), color of Umpqua mono, and strength of ANDE Tournament monofilament.
I use .20mm 8.2# test for the looped tippet, and .18mm 6.6# test for the dropper flies. I snell all of my flies on 4 1/2" looped droppers. When Im out of DAMYL, I use Maxima green.

just my 2 cents FWIW
Hi, I wondering who sells this? Is it available in the USA?
Fish USA sells it.....
Soft and wet - the only way....
Trevis
Posts: 34
Joined: Fri Jun 28, 2019 2:07 am

Re: Custom Leaders - My next adventure

Post by Trevis » Sun Jun 30, 2019 10:23 am

Thank you, I book marked them yesterday, but only found it in 5X and larger and then only in 300M spools- but their price plus shipping is about equal to that of a 25M spool imported. It would be a life supply of tippet for me. I was really more interested in the smaller sizes where I currently use FrogHair.
raven4ns
Posts: 321
Joined: Sun Mar 31, 2013 11:45 am
Location: Dartmouth, NS, Canada
Contact:

Re: Custom Leaders - My next adventure

Post by raven4ns » Tue Jul 02, 2019 7:42 am

I made my own leaders for a while and they turned over better than the store bought ones. However, I got tired of tying the things and now I use furled leaders with 24" of tippet material. They work fine for me but others might find fault.... to each his own.
All the best,

Tim
https://www.flickr.com/photos/44673530@N04/
The measure of a man is not how many times he gets knocked down, but how many times he gets back up.
User avatar
Ron Eagle Elk
Posts: 1552
Joined: Sun Feb 22, 2009 12:33 am
Location: Carmel, Maine

Re: Custom Leaders - My next adventure

Post by Ron Eagle Elk » Tue Jul 02, 2019 11:47 am

Tim, Are your furled leaders thread or mono? I used furled mono leaders for quite a while. They turned over nicely, as a furled leader does. Then a friend made some thread furled leaders for me. They were superb as far as tiurning over a fly, but the loop for attaching the tippet failed on the first trip when I actually had a fish on. I'm back to store bought tapered leaders, tippet rings for droppers and tippet.
"A man may smile and bid you hale yet curse you to the devil, but when a good dog wags his tail he is always on the level"
raven4ns
Posts: 321
Joined: Sun Mar 31, 2013 11:45 am
Location: Dartmouth, NS, Canada
Contact:

Re: Custom Leaders - My next adventure

Post by raven4ns » Thu Aug 08, 2019 11:34 am

Hi Ron,
I missed your post to me about furled leaders, I think. My furled leaders are thread based and I prefer the Shorb loop rather than the metal ring. It is just a personal preference on my part. Sorry for not seeing this sooner, bud.
All the best,

Tim
https://www.flickr.com/photos/44673530@N04/
The measure of a man is not how many times he gets knocked down, but how many times he gets back up.
User avatar
Ron Eagle Elk
Posts: 1552
Joined: Sun Feb 22, 2009 12:33 am
Location: Carmel, Maine

Re: Custom Leaders - My next adventure

Post by Ron Eagle Elk » Thu Aug 08, 2019 4:48 pm

No problem, Tim. To be honest, I forgot I posted it. What a wonderful surprise to see my question answered. That old age thing I guess. Thanks for the response...made my day.
"A man may smile and bid you hale yet curse you to the devil, but when a good dog wags his tail he is always on the level"
User avatar
CM_Stewart
Posts: 256
Joined: Sat Feb 21, 2009 5:17 pm
Location: New York City
Contact:

Re: Custom Leaders - My next adventure

Post by CM_Stewart » Fri Nov 29, 2019 6:20 pm

Ray, this thread is a old enough now that you've probably had time to get all your leaders wet. How do you like them? Which do you like best?
User avatar
Theroe
Posts: 768
Joined: Sat Feb 25, 2017 11:42 pm
Location: New York City

Re: Custom Leaders - My next adventure

Post by Theroe » Mon Dec 02, 2019 6:27 am

one thing about leaders: it is the most customizable component, which may be tailored to fit your exact needs.

Every rod, reel, line, fishing condition, is different.... as is each cast of the line! Yes, it takes quite a bit of work effort to adjust your leader while on-stream, but the dividends are WELL worth it.
Once you get dialed i, it is bliss.

Dana
Soft and wet - the only way....
Post Reply