Tangle-free tips for pre-tied leaders
QDo your experts use pre-tied leaders on foam spools to speed up and simplify their change of leaders when boat fishing? If they do I would be interested in how they do it. I seem to always get tangles which defeats the object. Ron Howard Yes, I do make up pre-tied leaders and retain them on foam spools in certain situations, but only when fishing three or four flies and the leader set-up is complicated. Most times this will be when I am fishing the ‘bung’ and I want the dropper flies to fish at precise depths so accurate measurements are essential. The other instance would be when fishing the ‘washing-line’ method when again the dropper spacing and leader length is essential. The important factor is to ensure you secure each end of the leader to prevent tangles. I do this by making a loop in the rear of the leader (the end to the fly line). This loop is then secured by a paperclip that is cut in half to create a ‘U’ shape that can be pushed into the foam (or you could use a mapping pin). The leader then can be wound around the foam. However, I do not attach any flies to the droppers, and simply attach the point fly to the leader and again stick it in the foam. When I want to use the pre-tied leader it should now just be a case of removing the point fly and slowly unwinding it, giving the leader a good stretch after it is fully unwound to remove any memory.
Pre-tied leaders wound around a foam cylinder.