Leader dimensions?

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  1. wyofly

    wyofly Active Member

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    I just bought two Rio Outbound lines, a floater and an intermediate. Any recommendations on leader length for SRC, Pink salmon, Coho Salmon and Chum Salmon when using the intermediate Outbound?
    Also, I'm thinking that the floater should have a long leader such as 12- 15 feet. Comments please.
     
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    I've been fishing about 12' or so on my floater, mostly using Clousers and weighted patterns.

    Just got a new Rio Outbound intermediate myself, I'm guessing my leader is about 7' or so. My biggest thing with intermediate and sinking tips, even though a short leader is in order, I still like a tippet of at least 28" or so for movement.

    $.02

    Dan
     
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    Too long, Jim. You have a clear tip already. Try 6 ft or so. That should be plenty.
     
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    6-7' on the intermediate.
    Always fishing on the dark side so I can't help you with the floater info.
     
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    If you are fishing clear, intermediate sink line, you could have any length leader that felt right for you. I have used anything from 4' to 6' to 9'. I often choose a4-6 foot leader then myself.
     
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    On the clear tip intermediate Outbound: 4-7' is the recommendation.
    On the Outbound floater: 9-12' is the recommendation.
     
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    I prefer shorter lengths. Less length to tie knots in.:)
     
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    I like a 7' leader, tied using a formula provided by Roger Stephens a few years ago: 2' of 40 lb. Maxima Chameleon, 2' of 20 lb. Maxima Chameleon, and 3' of 8 lb. Maxima Ultra-green. Chameleon is a stiff monofilament, while the Ultra-green is limp. If I want a longer, lighter tippet, I'll cut the 8 lb. section back to 2' and tie on 3' of 6 lb. Ultra-green or flourocarbon, for a 9' leader.

    When fishing for salmon from my kayak, I just use a 6' section of 10 lb. or 12 lb. These fish aren't leader shy, and a strong leader helps you land the fish quickly and easily.

    I fish a clear intermediate line lost of the time, but use the same leader formula for floating lines. For deep sinking lines, I use a 4' straight leader, which helps keep the fly down.

    Tom
     

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