Re: hand tied leaders
Unless I'm on a spring creek I just use a furled leader, when on spring creeks I go with the Harvey Leader format, saltwater I use a butt section of 25 to 30lb Mason Hardmono and step to Maxima for the mid and the same for the tippet. Most of my salt water leaders were around 8' give or take and would be 30, 20, 15. If for some reason the fish were fussy then I'd add to the tippet end either 10 or 8lb depending on the size of the fly or bait they were chasing.
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