The North American Fly Fishing Forum


Go Back   The North American Fly Fishing Forum > General Fly Fishing Discussion > General Discussion

General Discussion General discussions regarding fly fishing as a whole. Ask questions. Get answers...

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 02-25-2011, 10:47 AM
txbevo's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 228
txbevo has a spectacular aura abouttxbevo has a spectacular aura about
Default Knotless Tapered Leader Question

This past week I had a day on the water where I started out nymphing, but soon decided to switch to streamers. I was fishing 4x & 5x leaders for the nymphs but wanted to go no lighter than 2x on the streamers. The problem I had was that I had nothing heavier than 4x tapered knotless leaders on me. Is there a formula or rule of thumb for knowing how much I need to clip off of a commercial knotless tapered leader to get to a specific diameter? In other words, if I have a 9' knotless leader tapered to 4x can I cut off 3' and get to 2x? Or let's say you have a 7.5' knotless leader tapered to 4x. Would you cut off 2.5' to get to 2x? I assume I could buy a micrometer and use it, but I don't want to really buy another gadget to carry streamside. I guess I could just take a piece of 2x tippet and hold it along side the leader until I find a match. What do you do in this situation?
Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 02-25-2011, 05:19 PM
Frank Whiton's Avatar
Administrator
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Central Florida
Posts: 5,301
Frank Whiton has a reputation beyond reputeFrank Whiton has a reputation beyond reputeFrank Whiton has a reputation beyond reputeFrank Whiton has a reputation beyond reputeFrank Whiton has a reputation beyond reputeFrank Whiton has a reputation beyond reputeFrank Whiton has a reputation beyond reputeFrank Whiton has a reputation beyond reputeFrank Whiton has a reputation beyond reputeFrank Whiton has a reputation beyond reputeFrank Whiton has a reputation beyond repute
Send a message via Skype™ to Frank Whiton
Default Re: Knotless Tapered Leader Question

Hi txbevo,

What you need is a leader gage. I have used the Mike-Rite for years and it is the only way to know what size leader material you are dealing with. With a knotless tapered leader you can measure exactly where the transition from leader to tippet is located. When I rig for nymphing I cut off all but 6" of the tippet and tie a Perfection loop close to the transition. I then add 18" to 24" of tippet looped to loop. The knot allows quick change of tippets and stops split shot from sliding down the tippet. I just adjust the tippet length to how far away from the split shot I want the first fly.

Fishpond also makes one.

Frank

Click the image to open in full size.
__________________
Click the image to open in full size.
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 02-25-2011, 06:44 PM
Flityer's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: North East Pennsylvania
Posts: 113
Flityer has a spectacular aura aboutFlityer has a spectacular aura aboutFlityer has a spectacular aura about
Default Re: Knotless Tapered Leader Question

I save tapered leaders of any kind for dry fly fishing . If I am nymphing or swinging streamers for trout I have 2 spools of fluorocarbon in my pocket thats it 1 is 8lb and the other is 4lb. From my fly line I make a main line the length of my rod from the tip to the center of the grip from there I tie my 4lb tippet . At the knot you made you can leave a tag for your weight.Your tippet length will vary depending on how you want to fish. It will save you a little money and your set up will be more drag resistant as you don't have that heavy taper being swept away by the current.You'll catch more fish to!
__________________
http://burntdrags.blogspot.com/

Allen Landheer
Fly fishing is not for everyone..
-Fly fishing since 1971-

Last edited by Flityer; 02-25-2011 at 07:08 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 02-25-2011, 06:58 PM
Jimmie's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Upper Mojave Desert
Posts: 1,800
Jimmie has a brilliant futureJimmie has a brilliant futureJimmie has a brilliant futureJimmie has a brilliant futureJimmie has a brilliant futureJimmie has a brilliant futureJimmie has a brilliant futureJimmie has a brilliant futureJimmie has a brilliant futureJimmie has a brilliant futureJimmie has a brilliant future
Default Re: Knotless Tapered Leader Question

What Flityer said. Save the more expensive tapered leader, and throw on some 8 lb for streamers.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Knotless leader and sinking lines adkjoe Coldwater Fly Fishing 5 08-31-2010 07:30 PM
Knotted Leader - Knotless Leader TnTom General Discussion 10 02-13-2009 03:56 PM
tapered leader became a knotted leader... yuengling910 General Discussion 15 01-03-2009 09:33 PM
Tapered leader question spassky72 General Discussion 9 12-14-2008 03:48 PM
Why is leader tapered? jbu311 General Discussion 5 05-15-2008 07:03 AM













All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:33 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
2005-2014 The North American Fly Fishing Forum. All rights reserved.