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Default Re: Leaser set up for baby black marlin

Dan is correct. A level leader is a bad idea. I realize with the "sword" of the Marlin a longer bite tippet may be desirable. Also do not underestimate the need for some type of "shock absorber" built into the leader. We iser the traditional Bimini Twist, but there are some products on the market specifically designed to stretch a bit, and a section of that in the appropriate strength would work too.

I suggest several feet of 100 pound fluorocarbon, maybe as much as 4 feet, attached to a section of 25 or 30 pound , attached to a bimini twist, attached to your butt section of leader. Total of 7 to 8 feet. Of course if you use gel spun backing in higher strengths you can use more stout leader sections. Honestly on a fly outfit, anything over 30 pound strength is un-needed, as very few fly reels have that much drag. Unless you like to lock the spool down with your hand, you'll not easily break 30 pound test leaders. Rio makes premade bimini twist leaders.
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