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Old 04-10-2012, 02:33 PM
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Default Re: How they made gut leaders

I have an old book that has quite a bit about this, Making and Using the Fly and Leader by Paul H. Young, 1933
You wouldn't know it unless told , but when you hear reference to Cat Gut, the cat is short for caterpillar.

The gut strands were normally 12 - 15 inches but longer strands of 20+" were available and very expensive. Of course there was huge advantage of a dry fly tippet of this length
"Drawn" gut was drawn through a diamond die to provide a consistent diameter.
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