Fly Fishing Podcast on Leaders and Fly Casting by Harry Murray
In this months Fly Fishing Podcast I am discussing the many different leaders that I have designed and when I use these leaders. All of these leaders are hand tied knotted leaders which I prefer over the knotless leaders.
At this time of the year (late February-March) I use a Trout Nymphing Leader that has two Scientific Anglers Indicators on it. These cast smoothly and work well with my nymphs.
In the spring I use a Classic Leader (either a 9ft or 7 1/2 ft.) for my trout fishing.
The Bright Butt Leaders I use for my bass fishing from spring to fall. These leaders have a Scientific Anglers Indicator that I use for strike detection but also as a depth indicator.
The second part of this months Fly Fishing Podcast covers the many types of fly casts and a discussion on when and how to achieve the perfect cast.
Lazy S Cast
Roll Cast Strike
This is also the time of the year that many of you (myself included) like to hike into these remote areas and fish. I strongly urge you to be prepared before hiking into these remote areas. First, always have a map of the area you plan to hike/fish in your pocket or vest and keep it with you at all times. Second, I recommend carrying a Satellite GPS Personal Locator Beacon so that if you should fall or have a medical emergency someone will be able to find you. DO NOT rely on cell phones for maps or satellite service as many of these remote areas do not have cell phone service.
In September Harry will be conducting two Fly Casting & Rigging 101 Classes that will help you learn or improve your casting techniques. On our casting lawn, he will teach you how to perform all of the standard casts as well as roll casts, curve casts, and shooting line. After the casting class you will then proceed back to the fly shop where he will show you how to rig your tackle including the knots to use when putting your line and backing on a fly reel. We provide the rod and reel outfits for you to use for the class or if you prefer you can bring your own.
This week’s blog we will be discussing a Loop Versus a Needle Knot.
Most fly lines now come with a loop built into the forward part of the line. This is very convenient for connecting your leader with a loop to loop connection. Therefore I use this on my seven weight smallmouth bass outfit. However, on my trout outfits for lines two to three in the East and lines four to six in the Rockies, I attach my leaders to the fly line with a needle knot. I coat these with three very thin coats of Pliobond. I prefer the needle knot on my lighter outfits. It slides through the guides easier than a loop to loop line connection.
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1. The tippet is part of the leader. Leaders are manufactured with the tippet attached. Often marked at 2x, 3x, 4x, etc – this is the size of the tippet (not the entire leader).
2. The tippet (end of leader which attaches to the fly): 24 inches long on a new leader. For knotless leader you will need to measure and place a mark at 24 inches to keep track of where the tippet ends and the mid-sections start (or you can use a micrometer for an exact measurement).
3. I place a Double Surgeon Loop in the end of my tippet and the end of the mid-sections of my leader (section of leader which attaches to tippet).
4. I like to go a step further and pre-attach several flies to individual pieces of tippet which I have already tied a loop into the end of while I am at home.
I find this especially helpful when it’s cold out or I plan to fish into the late evening. We also teach this technique in our schools to aid anyone who is having difficulty tying knots.
Here is how you can easily solve the dilemma of trout nymph fishing. On a day when you have caught several dozen trout on dry flies you know they are feeding well. Now, replace the dry fly with a nymph and continue fishing the same sections of the pools. If you do not continue catching as many trout as you did with dry’s the reason is very simple: You are getting strikes but not detecting them.
I find that the new Murray’s Trout Nymph leader with its special knotted taper and two Scientific Anglers Indicators spaced along it is a great help in discerning the strikes.
As the nymph drifts naturally along the stream bottom be sure to retrieve the line with long line hand strips. Short pulls mask the strike. When you see the strike set the hook quickly with both the line hand and the rod.
The Murray’s Bright Butt Leaders and Murray’s Classic Leaders are the preferred leaders by serious anglers all across the country for both trout and bass. The reason is very simple: They cast beautifully whether you are presenting a Trico 24 on 7X or a Shenandoah Chuggar 4 on 2X. The Bright Butt Leaders with their installed SA Indicators are a great help in detecting strikes. We now offer kits with all of the materials needed to build your own leaders which includes our leader formulas and a pack of SA Indicators.