Originally Posted by ausablebrown
So the two of you are of the same opinion as myself. A friend of mine recently visited the Gunpowder river in MD. The guy running the fly shop there was trying to tell him that they used 7x 15-20 ft leaders. I've been told by a guide at one of the Ausable shops that during the Trico hatches, they get refusals on 7x with 12+ leaders. I know that gentleman at the Ausable is a very accomplised angler, so I would like to believe him, but I am very inclined to think that the refusals have nothing to do with the leader being too short, or the unavailability of an 8x.
90% of the time it's the fisherman that needs to be fooled, not the fish. Tippet size, fly colors, how you tie your wadding boots. Sometimes it's about a fisherman's confidence. If he swears he needs a 7X tippet then guess what? He does...