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    Default Re: Leader Length for a 6ft 2 weight

    I would agree with above. Go for optimal length, that is to say the max length you can manage and still achieve a good, drag free drift.

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    Default Re: Leader Length for a 6ft 2 weight

    The rule is their is no rule; particularly if your new to the stream. Wind in one direction may allow you a generous length of leader, in the opposite you may need something short with an aggressive taper to turn the fly over for example.

    I favour a dry fly but a streamlined lightly weighted nymph is much more versatile and is what I found most effective in the early days, simply because it was more tolerant of varying conditions.

    Good luck. The early days were the most fun. I've signed up with streams 2hrs away just to get that exploratory buzz again
    Growing old disgracefully!

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    Default Re: Leader Length for a 6ft 2 weight

    Furled leader every time - mono doesn't compare! 4-5 foot with a 4 foot tippet i'd suggest as an all round choice and see where you go from there

    G

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    Default Re: Leader Length for a 6ft 2 weight

    Got a bit of grass to practice on? If so, go & experiment, you'll be surprised at what you can actually use.
    2019 & it will be time for a change.

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    Default Re: Leader Length for a 6ft 2 weight

    Quote Originally Posted by uptomyknee_s View Post
    ? . . . I would be grateful if someone could advise me of how long my leader should be.

    Graham
    Without being facetious, that is a bit like saying, "I'm going float fishing, how far should my float be from my hook?"

    The answer is that your leader should be as long as it needs to be. In a small stream, constrained by overhanging trees, short casts and where accuracy is a priority, maybe a downstream wind to contend with, a 3ft furled leader with a similar length of tippet may well deliver the optimum performance. On a somewhat more open environment, where casts may be longer, variable currents tackled and good separation of fly from line is needed then a longer, less steeply tapered leader will be the way to go.

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    Default Re: Leader Length for a 6ft 2 weight

    Thanks again to everyone who have taken the time to reply with opinions and advice.

    I'm planning my first outing next Tuesday I'll give an update and hopefully put up a couple of photos.

    Graham
    i would like to agree with you but then we would both be wrong...

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    How did it go? or did you post the update somewhere else?

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    Hi Jedifly,

    I did not manage an outing last week but I did manage to get out today. The little 2wt is a delightful rod.

    It took a little while to get the hang of it but overall I think I did okay for the first time. No trout but I did manage a couple of small grayling and an unexpected chub. I used a short furled leader and then a further 3 feet of leader. I could probably push the leader material out to 5 maybe 6 feet and still be in control but at the moment I am just getting used to the rod.

    I switched over to my 9ft 6w later in the morning for use on the main river and compared to the little one I thought I was casting with a broom handle for 5 minutes. The day was hit and miss weather wise torrential rain in the afternoon but I was rewarded with a 4lb Brown Trout
    i would like to agree with you but then we would both be wrong...

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    I cut my 9' tapered leader down a couple of foot and add a couple of foot reverge tippet on my 6' #2. Also, I use a #3 DT guideline faria line, manly cause I couldn't get a #2 line when needed. It works a treat though and can no half chuck it out. Has to be said, I normally use it on larger waters than I think you have in mind.

    The beauty of this rod for me is it breaks down so small and fits in my chest pack inside the tube while I normally fish my 10' #3. If a decent rise comes on, I've got it covered.

    You'll know all about it when you connect with anything over half a pound, great fun!!

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