How do YOU straighten your leader?

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  1. triploidjunkie Active Member

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    For most fishing, a quick pull(stretch) is sufficient. If I'm stalking super wary fish in low, clear water and presentation is everything, then I'll run it through a leader straightener(or buckskin) after stretching.
  2. Jeremy Floyd fly fishing my way through life

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    Well it usually starts with Elizabeth doing a bit of a dance and slowly taking off her clothes...
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  3. Dottiesdad Member

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    Another vote for furled leaders. Been so long since I've used the old mono leaders that I mistook the subject line for something else.

    How do you straighten a furled leader? Cast it!
  4. IveofIone Active Member

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    The notion that you can "overheat" your leader by pulling it through a leader straightening patch seems like an old wive's tale to me. I'm not sure what speed you would have to achieve in order to create enough friction to actually harm the material. Pulling it through at about 3 feet at a time is not going to build up any serious heat. Nylon 6 has a melting point of 428 degrees and 6,6 melts at 509 degrees. The heat generated by pulling line through a straightener is far different than the heat generated in the case of UV exposure. UV is just death to nylon and ultimately almost anything exposed to long term exposure is going to deteriorate.

    Flourocarbon is of course a different animal and doesn't have some of the shortcomings of monofilament. But either one will probably not be harmed by infusing a little heat to help get rid of the curl.

  5. Keith Hixson Active Member

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    I pull it through a piece of soft leather held between my thumb and index finger. Pinch it tight and pull. That is the usual method. Most of time I use bare hands but occasionally use the leather patch if I have any cuts, etc.
  6. Randall Clark Active Member

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    another who uses furled leaders...they flat out perform anything else I've ever used.
  7. Trapper Badovinac Author, Writer, Photographer

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    I'm not claiming you can melt the mono, I'm worried about causing enough fatigue in one spot that it fails at some point in the future. The dashboard reference was to illustrate my point that abusing your leader or tippet is not a good idea.

    I threw away my patch years ago when my leaders starting breaking in unexpected places. I didn't know exactly what was causing the failures. After I quit using the leather patch, the problem went away. It could have been that my casting improved and I had fewer wind knots (aka bad casting knots), but by then I got used to not having that leather patch hanging off my vest.

    Lastly, I'm not advocating anyone change what works for them. I was simply answering the question
    How do YOU straighten your leader?

  8. Darryl Pahl Active Member

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    I have one of those instant hot water taps in my kitchen. After building my own leaders, or to remove really serious kinks in existing ones, I run the line through the running hot water. Works really well, and no apparent heat damage.
  9. dfl Active Member

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  10. Kaiserman content

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    Cut off the old piece, and tie on a new one. :D

    All joking aside, one more reason to switch to 100% fluorocarbon. I can't remember the last time I had those problems since I've switched, unless throwing gigantic foam bugs. Then (seriously) I tie on a new piece.
  11. Salmo_g Active Member

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    I pull sections of my leader between my hands. Seems to work, and it's simple.

  12. GAT Active Member

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    Stretch my leader? Hmmmmm..... I always plan to catch fish and let them do it for me :)
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  13. Jim Ficklin Genuine Montana Fossil

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    This has worked for me since my Dad clued me in back in the late 50's. I've never found a reason to fix somethin' that ain't broke . . .
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  14. Krusty Active Member

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  15. triploidjunkie Active Member

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    A tapered mono leader typically lasts me close to a year, six months minimum. I just keep adding fluorocarbon until I can't mate the butt ends anymore due to diameter differences. I mostly just use P-Line 100% flourocarbon, until I need the fancy stuff with even smaller diameter breaking strength.

    Edit: Even when the tapered butt section gets to the point of not matching my tippet, I add about two foot of ten/eight pound P-Line and proceed to tie tippet sections from there, until it runs out. And repeat process.
  16. David Loy Senior Moment

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    I got started using a piece of inner tube rubber 30 some years ago. Then I tried the Orvis and Cortland straighteners. All worked fine. Then I started stretching by hand because many folks said it was better. Well, I don't think it is. Because my old rubbers fatigued, I recently got a couple more Orvis straighteners. I like straight leaders. Rubber helps. Pull slower and softer in the tippet zone. Don't think I've ever had a failure because of it.
  17. Steve Saville Active Member

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    Why don't you furl your own? I made a jig and have made leaders up to 10 feet in length from 4 lb. mono. You can use 6/0 tying thread as well and they work very well as trout leaders. There are several jig patterns/instructions on the web. Just Google "furled leader" and go from there. They are actually quite simple to make.
  18. Old Man Just an Old Man

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    I saw the tool in a Fly Magazine and was going to try to do it but I never got around to it. Just to lazy I guess.

    They might be simple to make but not for me. I went fishing the other day and almost threw it all away. I was shaking so bad I could barely tie a double surgeon's knot. Gonna have to have the doctor give me some stronger pills I guess to control my shakes.
  19. Mark Kulikov Active Member

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    Ive used the leather patch on my leaders for years with no issues. Tried furled leader and really like it for most applications; however, I did find that on calm surfaces, the furled tends to spray water a bit for me thus I don't use it around spooky fish.

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  20. Jason Chadick A Fish, A Fish, A Fishy, Oh...

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    Pinch and stretch…with the hands god gave you. I love gimmicks, but is it really necessary to need a "tool" to straighten a damn leader?