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    Default degreasing your leader?

    was just wondering what the most effective way of degreasing a leader for dry fly fishing is. how much should you degrease.

    gerry

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    Default Re: degreasing your leader?

    1st couple of feet should be plenty.

    Jim
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    Default Re: degreasing your leader?

    I have found swearing at it continually to be very ineffective.

    Xink doesn't work well and neither does Orvis mud. I just despair sometimes. I fish a chalk stream and the only effective way is the leader, a braided dibble affair drags it down.

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    A lot of people use Orvis mud, which I find a bit to hard to put onto the leader. I have started using Fulling Mills mud which is a lot more gooey and goes on a lot more easily.
    As for how much of your leader, I tend to do 2-3 ft.

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    Why not just by some fullers earth from eBay? Add some water some fairy liquid and make your own? Done this for a while now. I keep it in an old lip balm tube. It's better than anything I've bought....

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    Default Re: degreasing your leader?

    when you say the first few feet do you mean fly line to leader or the end attached to the fly

    gerry

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    The Fly End.

    Jim
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    Default Re: degreasing your leader?

    Quote Originally Posted by luddite View Post
    A lot of people use Orvis mud, which I find a bit to hard to put onto the leader. I have started using Fulling Mills mud which is a lot more gooey and goes on a lot more easily.
    As for how much of your leader, I tend to do 2-3 ft.
    Spot on there, its far better IMHO.
    jameswaine

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    I got the mucilin line sinkant but when it arrived it was alldried up. I mixed it with some washing liquid and water and it's a nce paste. just doesn't seem to sink the line tho

    gerry

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    Default Re: degreasing your leader?

    Quote Originally Posted by luddite View Post
    A lot of people use Orvis mud, which I find a bit to hard to put onto the leader. I have started using Fulling Mills mud which is a lot more gooey and goes on a lot more easily.
    As for how much of your leader, I tend to do 2-3 ft.
    I agree, fulling mill mud is my no1 choice now. I degrease as much as I can without causing any issues with dragging the fly down normally 3-4ft.

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