Freaking polyleaders..

Discussion in 'Spey Clave' started by golfman65, Aug 27, 2012.

  1. golfman65 Guest

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    I love um and hate um...

    Mainly I use delta tips..they are tough and last...Rio's are excellent as well...

    Then summer rolls around and I want to fish a steelhead scandi or put the floating tip on my nextcast..
    I throw on a it...then it snaps on the water and your screwed trying to tie on tippet..

    You know these things aren't cheap anymore but damn'd think there would be someone who has figured out that short shot of mono is going to eventually snap...(like within a week or two of normal fishing)

    Yes I should have tied a loop instead of straight on...but I don't like loops on floating or clear intermedite lines...

    I don't know, back to my hand tied leaders I guess...fed up with these suckers...
  2. miyawaki Active Member

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    When I buy or sell them the first thing I do is bloodknot on a two foot tippet for my flies.

  3. fredaevans Active Member

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    As Leland says.
  4. T Dave Member

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    Nothing wrong with hand tied mono leaders big dog
  5. Rob Allen Active Member

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    been using the same airflo poly leader for two years.. I hate loops too but I am too lazy to hate them that much
  6. Andrew Lawrence Active Member

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    After using a poly leaders for the past couple seasons, I decided to go back to my own hand tied leaders. As far as my own preferences are concerned, I kind of feel like a simple monofilament leader offers more versatility with less hassle. But to each their own.
  7. Steffan Brown ...

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    What's there to hate about loops?
  8. golfman65 Guest

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    Yeah I do that as well Leland...then I snapped it at the blood knot and didn't have any mono to retie..I can strip off some more coating and re tie but on the river I don't have the patience..

    Yeah Dave, nothing wrong with my old leaders...just getting lazy I guess..
  9. James Waggoner Active Member

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    Just Albright knot a section of 20 to 30# mono to the coated poly line. Stream side or on the water can be done very quick and easily.

  10. speyfisher Active Member

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    At one time I had floating, intermediate, and hover poly leaders. Never could figure out, or notice any difference between int & hover. Pain in the butt having to change leaders when switching from skaters to wets. Plus ruined a floating poly by fishing a riffle hitched skater. For me, a good hand tied mono leader will turn over any thing and is much more versatile. Carry a couple spools of tippet material & learn to tie blood knots stream side.
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  11. golfman65 Guest

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    That's what I do and have done speyfisher....Just got lazy and thought I'd try the damn polys again..Funny thing is I like you couldn't tell any difference between the floating and intermediate ones..

    I for some reason try this every year...I convince myself that there are advantages to using them, try um, like um in the beginning and then end up having problems and get pissed off...(floating and clear intermediate ones)
    I haven't fished the sinking ones at all so have no experience with them...Can't judge them...but I'll be going back to my hand tied leaders again for everything else..
  12. Wadecalvin Member

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    I kind of got tired of having too much stuff on me and trying to make everything just perfect and went to 12' of strait mono when swinging with floating lines for steel.
  13. hydrological beads are NOT flies and snagging is just ghetto

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    ? level mono on what type of line? i'vve never had issues after blood knotting 10 or 12 # maxima, then lighter tippet to rio versileaders.never beak off my maxima mid section.
  14. Wadecalvin Member

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    I have just been looping on 12' straight #14 mono ( because its what I have) on the front loop of my floater (floating tip on skagit, or Rage or GPS)- 4 feet on the end of a floating poly would be better but the 12' strait mono works ok.
  15. almostacatch Let it Angle on the Dangle

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