We at CutThroat Leaders have been designing and testing spey leaders during the past year. We have 10'-0" and 11'-6" furled leaders as well as 10'-0" and 11'-6" reinforced spey leaders. (these leaders are slightly weight forward and have a breaking point above 30 lbs, but still turn over with amazing accuracy and distance).
Most of our testing has been done with 6'-0" - 8'-0" of maxima tippet attached to end of our leader. We initially hear guys/gals say that is too much tippet until they actually cast.
At first, many spey casters want a longer leader, but after testing our leaders, they no longer feel that way. We have found no significant benefits to a longer leader. Our 11'-6" with 8'-0" tippet still produces an overall 19'-6" long leader, more than enough in most conditions. These are for skating fly’s, throwing streamers as well as nymphs.
If you are a seasoned spey caster and would like to try one of our leaders out, all I ask is that you get back to me with your thoughts. We currently have stock of our standard (not-reinforced) 7/8 wt rod 10’-0” furled leader.
If interested, Send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
, give me your name and address. I will send leaders out to the first 4 spey casters I hear from.