05-12-2011, 05:50 PM
Re: Leader: Straight or Tapered (warm water fish)
A straight leader refers to a length of mono that just the same as you would use on a spin rod.
A tapered leader is one that's thick on the line end and narrows down toward a point at the fly end. They can be either extruded that way, or tied (from a formula) out of progressively thinner pieces.
The advantage of the tapered leader is that the transfer of power during the cast from the line to the fly is smooth and allows for a precise presentation of the fly.
The use of a tapered leader is almost always preferred
The straight mono leader works well with a heavy air resistant bass bug and only then if you use a short length of about 6 feet With the big bass bug, the fly will turn the leader over and a "splat" presentation. is usually not a problem
Bass are not leader shy, so a thicker mono leader works fine (ya don't need flouro).
It's the transfer of power in the cast that requires the fly specific taped leader
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Last edited by Rip Tide; 05-12-2011 at 06:55 PM.