Tan­gle-free tips for pre-tied lead­ers

Trout Fisherman (UK) - - Advice Squad -

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.

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