DO I NEED A LONG LEADER?
So much is written about the need for ultralong leaders when nymphing. While I’m a fan of lengthy leaders, that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re a prerequisite to successful nymphing. A 20-foot monofilament tapered leader and three flies isn’t likely to fish any deeper than a 10-foot fast sink polyleader with a single fly tethered to two feet of tippet (diagram 12). Of course, three flies is bound improve your odds of attracting trout, but the message is, long leaders are not a necessity. Bear in mind too, prevailing conditions, as a sinking density polyleader and short tippet are far easier to punch into, or across the wind rather than its 18-20 foot monofilament counterpart! For middle ground, opt for a slow sinking polyleader of seven feet with four feet of monofilament tippet that’s divided with a single dropper (diagram 13).