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IEatimagoJuly 21st, 2007, 6:35 pm
Spring Mills, PA

Posts: 97
i never new tying a leaders could be so much fun, i just recenlty started and i think this will improve alot of things for me, i have read some things on george harvey formula's .
i fish a 7.6' 3 weight does anyone have any leader formulas that would be 7 and 1/2 feet tht i could try or just anything really im intrested in trying out all manner of things.
MartinlfJuly 21st, 2007, 9:11 pm
Palmyra PA

Posts: 3233
Check out Joe Humphrey's books. I believe he has some shorter leader formulas in one of them. Also either E.J. Hille or Hook and Hackle have some leader formulas on a website.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

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JOHNWJuly 22nd, 2007, 8:36 am
Chambersburg, PA

Posts: 452
What tippet do you want to end with?
The 7'6" leaders I tie pretty much start like this 36" of .02, 18" of .017, 6" of .013, .010, and .008 and ending with 18+" of .006 for a 5x tippet. This is pretty much my general purpose leader and I'll add or subtract streamside as I carry a spool of everything from 0x-8x.
"old habits are hard to kill once you have gray in your beard" -Old Red Barn
GONZOJuly 22nd, 2007, 9:06 am
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"Bear Swamp," PA

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Here are a couple of interesting "oldie-but-goodie" McClane tapers you can play around with (you might want to adjust these for a thinner tippet):

"a short, fast taper for small streams or casting into strong headwinds": 25" of .017, 25" of .015, 10" of .013, 10" of .011, 10" of .009, 20" of .008.

"a double-taper that can be used by anyone without alteration": 12" of .015, 6" of .016, 6" of .017, 12" of .018, 12" of .017, 12" of .015, 12" of .013, 12" of .011, 12" of .009, 15" of .008.

In general, because the butt dimensions are a critical starting point and the stiffness of the material (rather than just its diameter) should be taken into account, you might want to make sure the starting diameter/stiffness of your material works well with your 3 weight line. The standard way to do this is with a "flex test." Grab either side of the line/leader butt junction about three or four inches apart, bend it into an arc, and rock it back and forth. This should reveal if diameter/stiffness is well matched to the line. If not, adjust the butt diameter accordingly.

IEatimagoJuly 22nd, 2007, 10:12 am
Spring Mills, PA

Posts: 97
this is great, thank you fellows.
Shawnny3July 28th, 2007, 6:11 am
Pleasant Gap, PA

Posts: 1197
That's a really good tip about matching the line and leader butt, Gonzo. I'll have to try that one.

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