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View Poll Results: How do you straighten leaders?
A rubber patch 5 13.51%
A leather patch 7 18.92%
The sole of your shoe 0 0%
Your fingers 9 24.32%
Just stretch it or pull it 12 32.43%
Other - What??? 4 10.81%
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Old 07-07-2011, 04:15 PM
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Default Re: How do you straighten leaders and tippets?

Same here.
Furled leaders are the way to go.
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Old 07-09-2013, 09:26 AM
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Default Re: How do you straighten leaders and tippets?

Rubber patch here.

All that jazz about burning the leader? I get it, but the bit of heat created in the process is what helps straighten the leader. It is important - basically, you are establishing a new memory for the leader.
My solution to the "burning problem?" Don't zip it through so fast.
We finesse everything we lay our hands to when fly fishing - but we cant "feel" our way through this one?
C'mon, seriously?

Pulling leaders through my hand, over my knee, around my ear or just tugging on i hemgood and hard... none of these has done the job as nicely as the rubber patch. They're alright in a pinch, yes.
But I just use good old-fashioned contact cement to glue a piece of rubber to a couple of leather patches. Join them on a split ring, hang on my vest and, "Voila!" its a done deal.
A lot of things have been improved down through the years, but I venture to say this isn't one of them.

So far, the fish don't seem to care that I use it and I have not broken a leader because of it.*
Besides, what is fly fishing without yet another gadget to hang on your vest?

* Now, my ability to tie good KNOTS... well, that is something altogether different! LOL

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Default Re: How do you straighten leaders and tippets?

For 100 lb bite tippets, cut them to needed length and pack them into copper tubing. Then run them through a dishwasher cycle without the "dry" cycle engaged.
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Old 07-24-2013, 12:11 AM
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Default Re: How do you straighten leaders and tippets?

I agree with Dayhut. But Nose grease is my solution! Put a little nose grease on your rubber and it makes it pull butter smooth and still straighten out.
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Old 07-24-2013, 10:39 AM
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Default Re: How do you straighten leaders and tippets?

Like this.............

just kidding.

Home made Furled leaders but l lately I've got some Braided furled leaders from Orvis on clearance that I really like, no stretching and no floatant needed, add 5ft tippet only.
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Default Re: How do you straighten leaders and tippets?

That is because braided is hollow in the middle. It will also throw water spray.
I use Furled all the way, no memory at all......what were we talking about?
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my vote is to stretch it!!

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Default Re: How do you straighten leaders and tippets?

I let the fish do it for me.
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