Originally Posted by dean_mt
This method is completely suitable. You can make enough friction heat before you yelp and let go to damage the leader, rather just enough to straighten coils. As for kinks, then like someone said above, just tie on a new tippet.
The only method I have found that causes friction heat is pulling your leader through something such as a leader straightener. In my aforementioned post I don't pull and slide the leader through my hands (resulting in a yelp?). I simply stretch the leader taut and flick it while doing so. Maybe my recommendation was misunderstood? However...that being said this is the way I straighten my leaders that I purchase that come packaged and in a coil. If you try it and it works...great! If not...no harm no foul! I am not an elitist.