12-29-2012, 12:27 PM
Re: need help leader/tippet.
Originally Posted by angelo1987
I have a simple question I just wanna make sure I'am right: This year I was only using 4-lb fluorocarbon leader/tippet and the summer I notice my dry flies were sinking fast. What kind of leader/tippet material is good for dry flies, Mono? So is fluorocarbon good/better for streamer/nymph fishing?
There seems to be some confusion. You say your flies are sinking BUT you DON'T say your tippet is sinking. Every reply so far assumes the tippet is the cause.
Secondly, you say the poundage of the tippet and not the "X" size. This leads me to think you are using regular spin fishing liner and not true tippet material. So are you using fishing line or tippet?
I don't think the tippet is the cause of the sinking fly. Treat the fly with fly floatant and dry and retreat it when it gets waterlogged. Squeeze the water out with Amadou or just a piece of paper towel, absorb the rest of the water using silica gel drying crystals, and then apply some more floatant.
You can use. A combination "shake & bake" floatant that has the drying crystals and powder floatant like Shimazaki Dry Shake or Loon Outdoors Top Ride.
Fluorocarbon tippet will not cause a fly to sink. To prove it to yourself, cut a piece and place it on a glass of water. The surface tension will float it. Even regular nylon monofilament has a higher specific gravity than water. Fresh mono or flourocarbon has a residual oily sheen from manufacturing that repels water. It has to be removed for the mono or fluorocarbon to sink easily. Fresh material floats.
See my post explaining more on fluorocarbon here:
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