Choos­ing leader ma­te­rial

Trout Fisherman (UK) - - Focus On -

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.

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