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Old 08-23-2007, 05:59 PM
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Question leader length's for a #4/#6 fly

Without getting into a casting stroke debate, I would like some expert opinions on perhaps what would be the best leader length/weight for throwing a big dry fly like #4/#6 doubly humpy, with perhaps a trailer bwo#20. I will be using a 9.5 ft. 6wt/7wt rods with wff line. What do the experts think?????
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Hi hawkeye,

For 4,6 size flies you need a 1X leader. You could probably get by with a 2X. With your setup I assume you will be fishing fairly big water. I would start with a 9' and give it a try. If real windy I might drop down to a 7.5' leader. One thing you might try is to start with a 7.5' 1X leader. Cut it back to 6.5' or 7' and then add 24" of 2X. This will give you a 9' 2X leader. I think if you experiment with these ideas you will come up with what works for you.
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Thankx Frank, sounds great, and yes some decent size water this approach will be used.
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Frank's recommendation is dead on. An 8lb bass or bonefish leader might work well too. 8lb is less than 2x, but those type leaders are usually of a stiffer material.

I bet you'll give up on the micro trailer with that rig. The pairing you mentioned sounds like a heck of a tangle-fest. Using something like 3x or 4x for the dropper might reduce tangling, due to the stiffness.
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