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Old 08-05-2007, 06:10 AM
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If you are going to do straight nymph fishing (no dries!) do you need or use a tapered leader or can you just use tippet material? I assume the tapered leaders are for the correct turnover and presentation of the dry fly?
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Old 08-05-2007, 06:55 PM
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A tapered leader is just fine and depends on the weight of your fly line. The size also depends on the size of the trout you will be fishing for. For the average size trout, say, 8 to 12, 14 inches don't use a leader smaller than a 5X. Try to keep from stressing the fish too much. Also to consider is the size of the nymph. Hope this helps. Silver Doc
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Another reason for using a tapered leader is to prevent tangling with the flyline. The thicker butt section of the tapered leader more closely matches the stiffness of the fly line. This prevents loop collapse- what would happen if the unrolling flyline gets to the line leader connection and hinges on limp tippet material tied on there.

So basically, another part of the point of a tapered leader is to keep the hooks and split shot away from the other side of the casting loop, thus preventing tangles.
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