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Old 02-11-2014, 11:24 AM
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Well with the upcoming warm water season I'll hopefully be chasing some Smallmouth and Pike in local waterways. I've got everything figured out down to the tippet. I'm figuring a spool of 8, 10, or 12lb Florocarbon will suffice, and I can get a large spool of quality line for around $20. What are you guys using as it seems since I last used Floro many options and varieties have popped up.

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Warm water fish are not leader shy
No real reason to use floro unless you just enjoy paying extra
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Default Re: Warm water tippet options...

I am a big fan of the P-line CXX lines. They are a mono/floro hybrid that is super thin, but very strong and easy to tie knots in. I use it to build all my leaders, from 15 to 2lbs. Sometimes when fishing in water with big fish potential, I will just run a 8-10' piece of all 15lb from fly line to leader.
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i just buy a 4 pack of 9 foot long panfish/bass leaders in different sizes (6, 8, 10lb) from cabelas and add on a couple feet of the appropriate tippet and go fishing
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Default Re: Warm water tippet options...

I use either scientific angler fresh water tippet in 2x or Rio Flurofelx plus in 2x for small mouth and pike.

For years I used spiderwire or berkley 10 lb test mono as a leader/tippet and that always worked well too.
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Default Re: Warm water tippet options...

I got sick of buying expensive tapered mono leaders, so now I just tie my own. I use the cheap mono you can buy at Wally World on the big spools. The cheap stuff isn't as supple as the pricey stuff, and helps turn over the bass bugs I throw. I usually start with 25 lb. and taper down to 10 or 6 lb. I'm going to pick up some 40 for a butt section this year and give it a go. I figure I spend about $0.30 per leader (if that), which sounds much better than $4. YMMV.
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I use 12 and 15lb Pline flouro or similar 99% of the time. If bite offs from pike become an issue, I'll switch up to wire bite guards.
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Default Re: Warm water tippet options...

Thanks guys, I'm going to be using furled leaders in a few varieties so looks like PLine is as good as it used to be I will grab a spool next time I'm out.
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Pline or Seaguar for me.
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Odd man out... I like Vanish

What are you going to be tossing? I like furled leaders but... Find them useless with 90% of my warmwater fishing... Buy a spool of stiff mono line maxima or fluoro like vicious pro elite... And build simple leaders... You'll not be happy with what happens when you torque on a furled leader to break off and end up with a rat's nest instead of a leader. 40# maxima will turn over a lot of flies including poppers
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