Choosing leader material
I’m a great believer in a standard tapered leader of ordinary nylon and nowadays I almost always end it with a silver ring which serves to attach the tippet, and the dropper. Because most fisheries now go really clear, even though the low light angles may make it none too easy to see into the water, I will always now be using fluorocarbon tippets. I just think it gives me an edge, and a little faith in the gear really does help. Because autumn and winter fish fight so much better than in summer I tend not to use the low-diameter fluorocarbons so much and rely on conventional materials that I can put a bit of oomph into during the tough fight. Try to achieve turnover when you cast and then your flies are immediately in fishing mode instead of when it all lands in a heap and several yards of retrieve are needed before you get in touch with things. If ever you get chance then watch Iain Barr in action and see how he always achieves turnover, even with his 20-foot leaders and three flies. It’s an inspiration to watch him.