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    Default Re: Minimum length for a leader with two droppers

    Quote Originally Posted by speytime View Post
    The reason for 20/25ft leaders has always baffled me
    Bob has provided one - fishing buzzers on a floating line from the bank in deep water.

    I've done something similar from a dam wall with a left to right wind. It can be extremely effective.

    The weighted point buzzer helps with turnover and so long as you've got the right wind and don't try for massive distances it's not that hard to cast.

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    Default Re: Minimum length for a leader with two droppers

    Graham I see you are based in Hampshire.Which reservoirs are you looking to boat fish from.Maybe can steer you in the direction of someone who can start you off.

    Best JP

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    Default Re: Minimum length for a leader with two droppers

    Quote Originally Posted by JCP View Post
    Graham I see you are based in Hampshire.Which reservoirs are you looking to boat fish from.Maybe can steer you in the direction of someone who can start you off.

    Best JP
    From Hampshire his choices are somewhat limited. Sutton Bingham is good early season. Bristol Reservoirs fish well to a variety of methods and then there's Farmoor. Once the weather and the water cools down I'll be giving Farmoor a go as there is often some very good buzzer and emerger fishing even into October. Graham is welcome to join me, and I promise that the leaders will be no more than 15'.

    Tangled. The thing is I've been fishing 20' leaders for so long now it is almost automatic unless I'm fishing dries from either boat or bank when I knock it down to about 14' with just two flies.

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    Default Re: Minimum length for a leader with two droppers

    Quote Originally Posted by tangled View Post
    Bob has provided one - fishing buzzers on a floating line from the bank in deep water.

    I've done something similar from a dam wall with a left to right wind. It can be extremely effective.

    The weighted point buzzer helps with turnover and so long as you've got the right wind and don't try for massive distances it's not that hard to cast.
    Yes it makes sense if you're on the bank or able to fish with the boat anchored, i was referring to a drifting boat.
    I've never used anything much longer than 15ft bank or boat but I think if I was on the bank I'd opt for a sink tip or intermediate/slow sink however in future if conditions allow I will give it a try.

    How would you construct a 20/25ft leader?


    Cheers Al
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    Default Re: Minimum length for a leader with two droppers

    I'm a shade over 6' tall so my arm spread is pretty much the same. I take a spool of line in one hand and the end of the line in the other and spread 'em three times plus another single arm's length. That'll give me 20' near as dammit plus two 8" droppers which are tied in 6' apart. I like the Gigafish Ultra 9.9lb which is 0.20mm. Straight through from fly line to point fly, and it does turn over. Bear in mind that accuracy is not a requirement so if it lands a few feet off to one side it doesn't matter. By the time the flies hit fishing depth they are all going to be in line

    The 25' version was only used once from an anchored boat, but I intend trying it again when the conditions are right. There were only two flies on that one - a tungsten bead bloodworm and a spanflex buzzer about 3' higher up because I was sure the fish were well down and in a fairly tight depth band.

    I've tried the set ups you suggested but a) the takes were mostly unseen, and b) by the time the pull had transmitted itself the fish had mostly spat the fly out. Using the long leader/deep nymph/indicator on the floater means you have visual contact with what is going on at all times. Very satisfying when that tuft of red yarn just slips under the water and another one is fooled.

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    Default Re: Minimum length for a leader with two droppers

    Quote Originally Posted by BobP View Post
    Read the posts, but if you have difficulty doing so it goes as follows: I FISH THIS METHOD FROM THE BANK. Stated clearly in both posts.

    I have also FISHED THIS METHOD FROM AN ANCHORED BOAT.

    Now do you understand? I think some people need to realise that there are other ways of fishing other than from a drifting boat.
    I think you need to realise that this thread is asking about fishing from a drifting boat, so all your posts are utterly irrelevant... as usual!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobP View Post
    From Hampshire his choices are somewhat limited... yada-yada...
    Bob, gonny let the guy answer the question that was put to him?
    Please note that any views expressed in this post may be those of the
    originator and do not necessarily reflect those of the reader.

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