Originally Posted by flyfishing_freek
How long should the leader be? Flourocarbon leader? Will this type of set up work with all flies and for pike, bass, muskie, and saltwater gamefish?
For those fish you actually want a leader that's shorter than the rod's length and here's why.
First of all, all those fish that you mentioned are not at all leader shy. You're not going to scare them with a shorter leader...and for the same reason, you don't need fluoro either
Second, the flies that you'll be using are of a size where a shorter leader will preform much better than a longer one.
Third, with a leader that's shorter than the rod, you don't have to worry about the line/leader knot getting stuck in the guides when you're trying to land a large fish. Believe me, something like that will ruin your day.