What leader?

Trout & Salmon (UK) - - KNOW HOW -

Long lead­ers and tip­pets make ac­cu­racy harder to achieve. A shorter leader with a thick butt will ef­fi­ciently trans­fer cast­ing en­ergy to the fly. Use strong tip­pet to de­liver the fly with author­ity, give you a chance of re­cov­er­ing snagged flies and let you take the fight to the fish. I don’t use fluoro­car­bon be­cause it doesn’t de­grade when snagged and can leave a fly dan­gling where it poses a risk to wildlife. Ny­lon tip­pet de­grades rapidly when ex­posed to sun­light, weak­en­ing quickly to the point where it no longer poses a threat. If you do lose a fly or leader make ev­ery at­tempt to re­trieve it if it is safe to do so. Us­ing more than one fly makes it harder to cre­ate the nar­row loop needed for ac­cu­rate pre­sen­ta­tion and in­creases the chances of leav­ing a fly dan­gling from the branches. If I can cast up­stream into clear wa­ter and al­low a duo (dry-fly and nymph or two dry-flies) to drift un­der a tree with­out cast­ing to­wards the branches then I oc­ca­sion­ally use two flies. Two-fly set-ups greatly in­crease the like­li­hood of los­ing a fish if it dives for the roots.

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