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Build Your Own Leaders

Bob Kloskowski


I do most of my fly fishing on the Spring Creeks of Southwest Montana, Wyoming and Idaho. For the most part this is challenging, demanding and yet very enjoyable fishing requiring long fine leaders that turn over easily and present the fly in a gentle, delicate manner. I've found the following recipe for a leader to fill all of my needs with the bonus of being very inexpensive.
You will need to purchase three spools of leader material for the basic leader. Be sure to purchase Maxima Chameleon material because it has the proper stiffness for this leader system.
 
A. One spool of Maxima Chameleon 15 lb .015 inch tippet material
B. One spool of Maxima Chameleon 8 lb. 0.10 inch tippet material.
C. One spool of Maxima Chameleon 6 lb. 0.009 inch tippet material.
 
For the first section of leader you will need to cut:
A. 4 feet of the Maxima .015 inch Chameleon
 
 
For the second section of leader you will need to cut:
B. 1 foot of the Maxima 0.10 inch Chameleon
 
 
For the third section of leader you will need to cut:
C. 4 feet of the Maxima 0.009 inch Chameleon
 
1. Attach section A to section B using a Barrel Knot or Blood Knot.
2. Attach section B to section C using a Barrel Knot or Blood Knot.
 
To this I usually attach 1 foot of my favorite 3X tippet material then at least 4 feet of 6 X or 7 X Fluorocarbon tippet material using a Barrel Knot or Blood Knot for all connections. New tippets or changes in the diameter of tippet material can be easily made streamside directly to the 1 foot section of 3X tippet material using a double Surgeon's Knot.
 
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