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Old 11-27-2008, 08:36 AM
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Over the last couple of days I've been able to get in a lot [several hours] of practice in and am getting better - not good, but better. While practicing I always tie on some kind of fly more for reference than catching a fish and usually I snap off several. My leader started out at about 7-9 ft and tapered .Its now down to 5ft maybe and not tapered. What is the purpose of a tapered leader? Couldn’t I use just regular mono or flouro instead for leader material? How will using regular mono effect the flight of the fly. It does seem to me that the leader is a stiffer material than regular mono...
I took someone’s advice and got a wrist band and strapped it on and it helped me some but wasn't quite what I expected. So I moved the band up my forearm, stuck the rod butt in and this really locked up my wrist and immediately felt the line have more power when casting. Great tip.
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Old 11-27-2008, 10:34 AM
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You need a tapered leader so it will turn over. A straight piece of mono would be very hard to turn over, and more than not would land in a pile.

You're breaking off your flies/leader from snapping it on the start of the forward cast. You're cracking it like a whip. The cure is to slow down and let the back cast complete.You're starting the forward cast too soon. If you stand sideways to to cast you can watch your back cast. Wait until it's almost unfolded before starting the forward cast. Also don't start the forward cast to fast/hard. Start slower and accelerate to a stop.
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Old 11-27-2008, 03:57 PM
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Default Re: leader question ??

oldman's probably right on this, too soon on the forward cast and you should turn a bit and watch the line as it unfolds to time the start of your forward cast. sounds like you're cracking the whip on this. obviously you shouldn't be losing leader material through simply practicing. LOL. it's hard to diagnose problems through these messages but keep offering as much detail as possible and it helps.

most people just use a bit of red or brightly colored yarn as a fly for practicing. if you feel you're sloppy still, i might suggest at least cutting off the hook on the practice fly. and watch out for cats in the area.

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