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    Default Fly line to leader knot

    I currently tie my leader to the fly line because I thought the turn over may be better but a loop to loop connection would obviously offer the advantage of changing leaders quickly. I believe you need to buy some type of braided loop for the end of the fly line to do this. Does the loop to loop connection turn over as well as when the leader is tied to the fly line? Any negatives to the loop to loop connection? Thanks.

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    Default Re: Fly line to leader knot

    Oh Boy..... ...... I've done everything except for the braided loop:
    Tie a 10" section of butt material to the line, and tie a perfection loop on the
    leader end.
    Tie the leader directly to the line, using one of the following: nail knot, needle
    nail knot, or a Zap-a-Gap connection a la Dave Whilock.

    Most of my lines have a short section of 40lb mono (5/6wt lines), needle knotted to the fly line, and with a perfection loop to attach the leader.
    I keep the perfection loops VERY small, and can see a smooth tunrover
    when casting.

    You can tie the leader right to the fly line, and use a 3X size. If you want
    to move down to a 4X, clip all but 6" of the 3X tippet off, and then tie
    20" of 4X tippet to the end. You can snip the 3X off, tie 6" of 4X, and then
    add a 5X or 6X tippet section to that. I did this for a while (and still do
    when I only have a 4X leader for example, but want a 5X), and it works very well.

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    Yeah, I agree with Frank. The braided leader loops are always seeming to hang up in my top eye. ..and when I'm on the water trying to get a line out, that rates right up there at the top of jacking up my BP. So, I've switched over to a piece of butt tippet tied to the fly line with a small perfection loop on the end for easy on and off. I usually let that piece about 4 or 5 inches long.

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    For years I have been folding the line over and making my own loop. Securing it with fly tying thread then coat.....and guess what, LINE COMPANIES ARE DOING IT! No extra knot from butt section, plus make it smaller than any braided can offer. Strong has heck, I have had the line break 6" up from the loop but never the loop.
    HINGING, not here, infact I did a video to prove it to myself. But I use furled leaders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greenwood View Post
    Yeah, I agree with Frank. The braided leader loops are always seeming to hang up in my top eye. ..and when I'm on the water trying to get a line out, that rates right up there at the top of jacking up my BP. So, I've switched over to a piece of butt tippet tied to the fly line with a small perfection loop on the end for easy on and off. I usually let that piece about 4 or 5 inches long.
    Any way you could give a picture or drawing of that??? It would really help me understand what you are talking about.

    Thanks in advance.
    "There is no greater fan of fly-fishing than the worm."
    -Patrick F. McManus

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    There's a neat device made by Shimazaki (you can find it in Feather Craft Catalogue). It's a leader splicer that works beautifully. You then nail knot the leader to the fly line. Neat! Frank S.

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    I have that tool and it is awesome, HOWEVER, you are limited to how thick you can got, but a tapered leader does male it easier.
    Also, allot of lines have an inner core that prevents using that tool. Like SYLK.
    Or any of the clear lines.
    BUT, the ones you can use it on are fantastic and CLEAN, Plus when the leader does where out, cut it down and make it the butt section.
    Keep in mind, you can't use furled leaders though till you do make a butt/loop

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    I found this knot last year and find it extremely simple and quick, with no problems or failures.

    Fly Angler's OnLine "Fly Fishing the Salt - 18 - Wading"

    TJAmmer

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    red owl
    the first thing I do on any new line that doesnt have a loop at both ends is to cut a taper on the end of the line and make a loop in the line and wrap it with 6/0 tying thread and coat it with knot sense or something to keep it from unravelling----I never get a hinge at the connection---any problems i might get is a bit incomplete turnover or "hang" in the tippet but that usually can be adjusted out with tippet diameter and length vs fly size and wind resistance or a haul in the front or loop tightening
    "something is happening here but i dont know what it is"---dylan

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    Quote Originally Posted by shorthaul View Post
    red owl
    the first thing I do on any new line that doesnt have a loop at both ends is to cut a taper on the end of the line and make a loop in the line and wrap it with 6/0 tying thread and coat it with knot sense or something to keep it from unravelling----I never get a hinge at the connection---any problems i might get is a bit incomplete turnover or "hang" in the tippet but that usually can be adjusted out with tippet diameter and length vs fly size and wind resistance or a haul in the front or loop tightening


    That is the same thing I do.

    Coat with Knot Sense, heat with a hair dryer to thin and coat evenly and perfect.
    I haven't had the hinge or the hang problem, but maybe it is because of the Furled leaders.

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