03-26-2010, 12:39 PM
Re: fly lines and leaders
Originally Posted by hunter1
I just started fly fishing for stripers on the upper cheasapeake. I use a 9wt 9'6" rod. I was told it would be better to hook up a 3'section of 15 or 20lb test
to the floating or sinking line. Guy said it would be easer to cast than when using a regular 9' leader and tippet. it's suppose to turn the fly over easer.
Has anbody used this before. pros and cons please.
I think maybe the guy meant that with a sinking line you should use 3' of straight 15-20# test..... that's true
You could also use a single 8' (or so) piece of straight mono instead of a tapered leader with a floating or intermediate line too. Many guys around here use straight 20# only. It's not like trout fishing, for the most part the big flies will turn over with out using a tapered leader and stripers are not normally too leader shy.
I went that route for a while, but went back to the basic 3 part taper.
Works better for me.
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I was talking to a guy last month who was telling me that in a situation where it was rocky and you normally would tie on a shock tippet, he just used a straight piece of 30# test for a leader instead. The part that threw me was that he would purposely tie an overhand knot in the leader to weaken it
It took me a while to wrap my little brain around that until I realized that the 30#test was not needed (or even wanted) for breaking strength. It was only for abrasion resistance. Putting the overhand knot in weakened the leader enough to guarantee that it would part first.
Not something that would occur to me but apparently even the 30# tippet does not deter a striper.
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