EM­BRACE POLYLEADERS

Trout Fisherman (UK) - - Advice Squad -

We’re spoilt for choice th­ese days when it comes to lead­ers. Over­all, I’m very much a fan of the monofil­a­ment knot­less ta­pers though even the fluoro­car­bon brands can be painfully slow to sink. Sink­ing polyleaders, how­ever, act like mini sink-tip lines, tak­ing your flies to greater depths more quickly. Best of all they come in a range of sink­ing den­si­ties and lengths, usu­ally of five foot, seven foot and 10 foot. If you want to at­tain max­i­mum depth then opt for the 10 foot lead­ers. Be mind­ful that your ac­tual tip­pet length should be quite short so the polyleader has in­stant ef­fect (di­a­gram 2). A long tip­pet might sound good in the­ory, though you of­ten end up with a sag­ging leader when even weighted flies fail to pull a lengthy sec­tion monofil­a­ment tip­pet down at the rate of a polyleader (di­a­gram 3).

Fly line Sin kin g po lyl ea de r Long mono leader tends to sag and fail to sink in a uni­form man­ner, cre­at­ing loss of con­tact.

Fly line Sin kin g po lyl ea de r 18-24in Short mono tip­pet means more di­rect con­tact.

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