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Old 17-02-2008, 07:00 PM
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Does anyone still use braided leaders for fishing stillwaters, they don't seem to be as popular and few people sell them?
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Old 17-02-2008, 07:09 PM
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for some reason they seemed to have fizzled out
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Old 17-02-2008, 07:14 PM
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I used them briefly, then discovered tapered polyleaders, which I preferred.

There's any number of threads about leaders on here.... everyone seems to be raving about furled leaders just now. I think it all comes down to fashion, and "what's new" myself.
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Old 17-02-2008, 07:42 PM
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It depends what you mean by "braided leader" as it can get a bit confusing. I use a floating kevlar braid leader for river work, although some people refer to similar things made from braided silks as "furled" leaders I think. I think you are referring to the thick braided nylon versions, like the braided loops you use on the end of the fly line? Have never used those, but the kevlar braid leader helps turnover with small dries on short leaders when small river fishing and having to "flick" flies under trees etc.
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Old 17-02-2008, 08:12 PM
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Where do you get your kevlar braided leaders? I'm interested.
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Old 17-02-2008, 09:17 PM
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Where do you get your kevlar braided leaders? I'm interested.
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Yeah JeffR - I'm interested too. I've tried Airflo PolyLeaders but the monofilament core just pulled out of the outer polymer - won't try them again!

I did mean the braided nylon leaders like the braided loops but the kevlar braided leaders sound more interesting.
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Old 18-02-2008, 10:18 AM
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I was surprised fly line manufacturers didn't take a hint from the popularity of these to go on and lengthen their tapers on standard DT/WF's from a standard 8/10 foot to say 15 or 20 feet.
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Old 18-02-2008, 07:27 PM
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My mate bought mine from Lyttles of Dunchurch (they were recommended to him by Gary Lyttle), but they sell them on line, scroll down to Marc Petitjean "Trout leader floating":
http://www.lyttlesofdunchurch.co.uk/..._Products.html

They might seem expensive but they are virtually industructible and will last ages. What you do is tie a large-ish loop in the thicker butt end and loop-to-loop that to the end of your fly line - you can then easily remove it if you want to switch to nymphing or if you just want to remove it anyway. Then on the tippet end you tie one of those tiny silver rings, which you then tie your tippet to. However, before you do all that, you need to experiment and trim it to the actual size you want - for example, on my light 8' river rod I think I've ended up with mine at about 4 or 5 foot now, with then maybe a 3' tippet. Try it too long and gradually cut it back til your happy. Trim it from the thick end obviously! and you will need extra sharp scissors, being kevlar braid. If you buy a tub of the dressing too, that's worth having (or you can nick your mates like I do!), not that you need apply it very often.

The braid is very thin and very light but it makes a big difference with turnover of a short leader and a small fly and you can flick your fly into places right under branches etc that you wouldn't get to otherwise (well I wouldn't anyway). Well worth a tenner, even if it does look like you've waste a lot after you've trimmed it back .
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Do you get any bother with hinging at the loop to loop join Jeff....?
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Not that I've noticed Jimmy - casts are only very short for what I use it for, but the braid is pretty fine and light, so I imagine it behaves a bit like silk would do, except its a lot stronger!
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