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Default Leader's/Tippet's for Gill's

I like to state my opinion on thing's and like to hear from other fly fisherman's. So far this year I been mainly fly fishing for Gill's and some Bass. Just like to say how I rig up for some fly fishing in my area. Since I'am not fishing for worried trout, I just use a mono fishing line for a leader 8-lb about 4ft than I tie 4-lb fluorocarbon line about 2 and a half to 3 and a half ft I fish near alot of overhang's, stumps, rocks etc, so alot of my fish will rub up against these structure's and the fluorocarbon help's out alot. Today was a good example I caught 10 Gill's and I think 5bass that got hung off in some tree's and eventually the fish pulled themselves out and my line was not fraid it was like new still. What about you guy's? Oh yea, hoped the picture's are big lol



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Most of the time I use a 6ft or so braided furled leader that floats with 2-3ft of 5 to 8lb mono tippet, some times more or less. I don't use fluorocarbon because it sinks like a rock, and most of my bluegill fishing is done with dries and foam bugs.
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I heard people saying that it sink's too fast personally I never had a problem with it I have used tiny #22 Gnat's and flowed with ease
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for gills i use a 6' furled leader and 3' of 4x tippet.
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Depends on where. If lots of weeds are present, a fresh tapered leader with no knots is best. If not I then use the typical leader with tippet setup going down as fine as necessary but starting around 4 lb test for the tippet.
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Default Re: Leader's/Tippet's for Gill's

I agree with most of the other folks here. I mostly use a 6 foot furled leader and just some plain old 6lb Stren as a tippet.
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Default Re: Leader's/Tippet's for Gill's

I am pretty simple when it comes to gills and bass i use a 6ft of 4lbs braided into a furled leader with about 3ft of 4lbs. I had been using 2lbs but it kept loosing flies in rocks. Hope this helps
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Default Re: Leader's/Tippet's for Gill's

I generally use a 4.5 to 5ft. furled leader.( 4# mono furled ) Then around 3ft of 6# mono tippet. This is for creek fishing. Fishing bass in trashy water I use a straight 10# fc for sinkers and 8# mono for floaters.
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For gills, my fave fish with a flyrod, I use 6' of a 4X tapered leader with a tippet ring, then I use 2' of 7X fluorocarbon. I recently purchased a 40M spool from Trout Magnet (only $6 and I like it better than the more expensive stuff)
You can use thick tippet, but I'm totally convinced that the thin 2lb flouro makes the small flies move better in the water! The thick line drags the fly in the water, the thin line lets the fly jump up and down when you strip it.
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I've never been too concerned about tippet size for 'gills, but I've been doing some experimenting this spring.

Purchased some 3X & 5X flouro tippet and have been fishing with the 3X, then switching to the 5X & fishing the same water and comparing results.
Not sure if it's the visibility of the tippet or the action (or lack of in the case of the "tail wagging the dog" with the use of smaller sized flies), but more good strikes (hookups) with the smaller tippet!
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