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Thread: Tapered Leaders - which brand has least memory?

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    Default Tapered Leaders - which brand has least memory?

    Hi,
    I was curious to know what brand tapered Nylon leader people have found to have the least memory (coiling). My most recent batch of Rio leaders are terrible in this respect.

    I know about the proper way of stretching etc. to straighten the coils..but is there a brand (Rio or Orvis or ???) that offers the lowest memory?

    I am learning to tie my own leaders based on several online formulae using Maxima & have also tried the furled leaders.

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    Default Re: Tapered Leaders - which brand has least memory?

    They all do, even homemade ones. Only thing to do is stretch the nuts out of them.
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    I am using the SA 9ft mono leader as backup for my home made furled leaders.
    Actually I just used it last weekend when the wind started to pick up (honestly, after I got a painful kiss on the left cheek from #10 ghost streamer) and I needed to roll cast more than ever. It turn that streamer & sneaky pete way better than my mono furled leaders could in the same windy condition.
    I don't own a proper leader straightener, so I dipped the entire line in the water and straighten it in the water first time and then the second time again above the water.
    I am highly qualified to comment in this forum after receiving a Specialized High Intensive Training (S.H.I.T) at the Olde Schitt Institute of Technology (O.S.H.I.T).

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    Quote Originally Posted by runningfish View Post
    I am using the SA 9ft mono leader as backup for my home made furled leaders.
    Actually I just used it last weekend when the wind started to pick up (honestly, after I got a painful kiss on the left cheek from #10 ghost streamer) and I needed to roll cast more than ever. It turn that streamer & sneaky pete way better than my mono furled leaders could in the same windy condition.
    I don't own a proper leader straightener, so I dipped the entire line in the water and straighten it in the water first time and then the second time again above the water.
    If it helps, I have found that the trick to straightening mono-leaders is heat. That is all the proper leader straightener does is create friction. I am a tradesman so the skin of my hands is hard, and I opt to just use my fingers. I find this works better for me, but use caution the line will cut you! Anyhow I have found it a pain to try to straighten a wet leader due to the lack of friction.

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    I would have done the same thing if I had the leather leader straightener.
    I don't have hard skin in my fingers, so I had to wet the leader first to prevent from burning my fingers.
    I am highly qualified to comment in this forum after receiving a Specialized High Intensive Training (S.H.I.T) at the Olde Schitt Institute of Technology (O.S.H.I.T).

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    Default Re: Tapered Leaders - which brand has least memory?

    Quote Originally Posted by wt bash View Post
    They all do, even homemade ones. Only thing to do is stretch the nuts out of them.
    I guess I am out of luck then....will resort to doing this after I stretch my fly line prior to each session.

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    Default Re: Tapered Leaders - which brand has least memory?

    Quote Originally Posted by runningfish View Post
    I am using the SA 9ft mono leader as backup for my home made furled leaders.
    Actually I just used it last weekend when the wind started to pick up (honestly, after I got a painful kiss on the left cheek from #10 ghost streamer) and I needed to roll cast more than ever. It turn that streamer & sneaky pete way better than my mono furled leaders could in the same windy condition.
    I don't own a proper leader straightener, so I dipped the entire line in the water and straighten it in the water first time and then the second time again above the water.
    What he said: Love Joni's furled leaders even on my 2handers. Just a short run of FC off the ring and good to go. Zero memory right out of the packet. For full on mono leaders I've found RIO's to be as good as it gets.
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    On stubborn leaders that don't straighten well with just my hands, I have used my leather tri-fold wallet. Since it rarely holds much money these days, might as well multi-task!

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    Quote Originally Posted by runningfish View Post
    I would have done the same thing if I had the leather leader straightener.
    I don't have hard skin in my fingers, so I had to wet the leader first to prevent from burning my fingers.
    I would think, if it burns your fingers, you are burning the mono. Never trusted those leather straighteners for that reason. WHEN I used mono leaders, I use the receiver ball on my SUV and a rag. Looped the line around it and backed up putting tension.
    But as Fred mentioned.....Furled leaders are my only choice for the past 6 or 7 years. Thanks Fred and all you guys that like what I can do.

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    Default Tapered Leaders - which brand has least memory?

    Quote Originally Posted by rusty 54 View Post
    On stubborn leaders that don't straighten well with just my hands, I have used my leather tri-fold wallet. Since it rarely holds much money these days, might as well multi-task!
    This comment is top notch lol! And sadly true for most of us who use this forum daily lol!

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