I was fishing a cove a couple days ago, and there was a LOT of gunk on top
of the water, and just below it. My leader was a 6 segment 9' 4X, and the
only goop that accumalated was on the fly itself. I tie my leaders with
blood knots for the first few sections, and then use a surgeon's knot for the
final few segments. Occassionally I'll see dirt in
the knot, but it's stuff
that sticks between the wraps, not weeds or anything like that. The trick is
to clip the tag ends so they're flush with the knots, and to tie the knots
cleanly. Done properly, they become little more than tiny bumps on the leader.
Wednesday's victim of a hand-tied leader
P.S. Judge the size of the fish by my fingers, not the paddle blade. I use a huge beavertail paddle when canoeing.
P.P.S. LOL....Know that I think about, the leader was the only thing that was covered in gunk on that trip. There
was all sort of stuff clinging to my canoe, waders, etc....