How to make a fly fishing leader
When it comes to setting up your fly rod for fly fishing the last piece of the puzzle is how to make a fly fishing leader. As a beginner you will need to master this fairly well as you don’t want to lose caught fish due to poorly prepared leaders. Like all aspects of fly fishing it depends on the target species to what your leader will look like. As we have been on the process of learning how to trout fish we will stick to a leader for a 10ft rod of seven weight set up. How to make your own leaders for fly fishing and make them well will add to your enjoyment of the sport and get you out of difficult situations when you are having problems with your fly fishing leaders.
Generally speaking a trout leader setup is made from lighter material than the fly line. This is due to a couple of things, one we want to present our flies with a nice flutter down onto the water and not a splash and secondly we need to use something that the trout find hard to see.
You may wonder how effective a trout’s eyes really are. I can tell you they have very keen eyesight and can spot a small dark fly in the dead of night. When fishing for sea trout the darker the night the better and those trout could pick up your fly when it was difficult to see your hand in front of your face. So to try to counteract this we need to decide on line diameter and color.
Before we consider what is the best fluorocarbon fishing line let us discuss the properties and characteristics of this leader material.
When it comes to fly fishing the introduction of fluorocarbon may be one of the most outstanding developments since the creation of fly fishing itself. I joke, but it really has made a large difference to fly fishing catch rates and fun to be had by anglers of all ages and skill level.
Fluorocarbon has many properties but the one that makes it ideal for fishing is that light refracts through it the same way as water and so the fish (or so it is believed) can’t see it. This is especially evident in still water fisheries as trout are usually leader shy and will move away from traditional mono filament lines. This is were the fluorocarbon has helped get extra takes.
In river fishing especially fast water the light passing through it is refracted and distorted in numerous was and the trout can’t see you or the line as easily as in calm still water so it is not that important but the other benefits make it ideal in these conditions also.
A tendency to be brittle!
Some fluorocarbon lines are very brittle but his can be compensated by getting the diameter that is correct for your type of fishing. There are many brands and breaking strains so it may be a bit of testing to see what is ideally suited but we will discuss that later.
Fluorocarbon is usually a lot stiffer than mono and is great for turnover on casts which helps in reduction of wind knots, tangles and bad casting. This makes it good for a beginner who is trying to learn and also very good on weighted flies that have a tenancy to drop on the forward cast and catch the loop.