How do YOU straighten your leader?

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  1. Salmo_g

    Salmo_g Active Member

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

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  2. GAT

    GAT Dumbfounded

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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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  3. Jim Ficklin

    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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    Krusty Krusty Old Effer

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    So...do you plug it in a currant bush?
     
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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.
     
  6. David Loy

    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.
     
  7. Steve Saville

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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.
     
  8. Old Man

    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.
     
  9. Mark Kulikov

    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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  10. Jason Chadick

    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?
     
  11. Mark Kulikov

    Mark Kulikov Active Member

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    In my case the leather patch was a gift from my youngest daughter years ago. I see no reason not to use it.

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