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Old 04-09-2006, 02:10 PM
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The best advise I can give you is to go to a flyshop and ask them these questions as it can be a little tricky to explain on line,wich is not to say the functions of leaders and tippet is hard to understand,I'll try to awnser your questions.First as you change flies you leader get's shorter,the easy awnser is tippet is tied on to your leader to lenghten and replace the leader lost when changing flies,now to confuse thing's abit,different water and fishing conditions call for different leader lenghts and diameters,ie,low clear water with spooky fish that are taking small insects call for longer,finer tippet or leaders whereas casting big streamers towards the banks of a muddy river in runoff uasally calls for short thicker leaders.In general a 9ft 4x or 5x leader work just fine in most conditions most of the time.just make sure you bring a spool of 4 or 5x tippet to replace the leader as it gets shorter.When fishing dry fly's in "normal" conditions a 9 foot leader should be just fine,but if you find the fish not hitting ,then try adding another 2-3 feet of fine tippet to your leader,on the other hand when nymph fishing a shorter leader may be called for as shorter leaders give you more control of the fly.That is just the basics of the role leaders and tippet play,but as you learn more and flyfish more you will soon come to realize that the size of flies being cast and the wind,size of the target fish and other varibles also come into play when deciding what size,lengh of leader to use.2x=thick strong stiff leaders 7x=very fine limp and lower breaking point,also a basic knowledge of knots is very important as your leader is only as stong as the knot you use.
hope this helps
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