Steelhead Leader>Tippet setups

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  1. Oneweight

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    Wondering what sort of line configurations you all are using in relation to steelhead fishing?

    Suppose you're fishing with a multi-tip line with 12-15' sinking heads. Knowing that length is a factor of how deep I want to get and stay down, what's a good, starter setup as far as leader and tippet goes starting at the end of the weighted tip?

    Leader/Tippet length? Size? Test?
    Any particular brands you favor over the other?

    thx for the words,

    1WT
     
  2. Old Man

    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    You want your fly to stay down so just use a short leader. No longer than 4' and 8 to 10 lbs should be enough. I don't usually use a tippet with a sinking head,just straight leader to the fly.

    Jim
     
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    Luv2flyfish Another Flyfisherman

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    I concur with the Jim 110%:thumb
     
  4. Les Johnson

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    Jim has it right. If you do have tangle or turnover problems though you can use 2' of .020-.024, 1' of 15 pound test and the last 1-1/2' of tippet. Like Jim, I usually opt for the straight section. Also, a short leader alleviates the need for festooning your fly with oversize lead eyes to keep it near the bottom.
    Good Fishing,
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  5. hikepat

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    I like to go with around 2 foot of 15 pound and 1-2 feet of 10 pound test. The 10 pound starts of at 2 feet and as flies are lost or changed gets down to 1 foot. I use this same set up for both Salmon and trying for Steelhead. Most of the time with an unweighted fly to reduce the chance of snagging a fish.
     
  6. Oneweight

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    thx to all of you. This helps alot.

    1WT:thumb
     
  7. TomB

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    I like to argue so I will add one caveat. When the rivers drop to low, cold, and gin clear, I like to use longer leaders and sparse flies because the fish seem to be more sensitive. As long as your flies is in the zone moving slowly,and the fish can't blatantly see your leader, you are golden.
    -Tom
     
  8. Old Man

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    Tom,you finely got something right.;)

    Jim
     
  9. Fish Stick

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    I use 4' of Seaguar 10lb fluorocarbon for most conditions. If water clarity high, I use 6' with a weighted fly to compensate for leader float.

    DP
     
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    i agree with fish in that the secret is fluorocarbon when swinging wet or dry line. it is also excellent when indicator fishing. most steelhead are not leader shy.
     

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