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    Default Leader Length for a 6ft 2 weight

    I have recently joined a syndicate with access to some small carrier streams. All the streams can be waded. I recently inherited a little 6 ft 2 wt rod that I think would be ideal for the streams. Having never used such a rod before or fished small streams I would be grateful if someone could advise me of how long my leader should be.

    All suggestions would be gratefully received

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

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    Default Re: Leader Length for a 6ft 2 weight

    I would start with a short furled leader(3 or 4ft) and then attach about the same length of Tippett for fishing dries. For fishing the duo which I tend to fish a lot on small streams I would go 3ft furled leader, 2 ft Tippett to the dry and a further 1.5 - 2 ft to the nymph. That's a good place to start anyway...

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    Default Re: Leader Length for a 6ft 2 weight

    If it's spooky fish and dries, I'd go for tapered mono (less maintenance than furled), say 9 foot cut from top down to 5 or 6 foot and add a couple of foot of low diameter tippet. Try and have as long as cover and casting allows

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    Default Re: Leader Length for a 6ft 2 weight

    Quote Originally Posted by Scotty90 View Post
    Try and have as long as cover and casting allows
    This pretty much sums it up

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    Default Re: Leader Length for a 6ft 2 weight

    Nine foot tapered leader should do perfect ,i fish twelve foot tapered and three foot tippet attached on an eight foot six four weight . Fifteen foot on an eight foot six, you want to be as far away from them as possible
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    Default Re: Leader Length for a 6ft 2 weight

    I mentioned cutting the leader down from 9 foot as the OP states small carrier streams which can be a couple/few feet wide at points, ordinarily I'd use 9 ft and 4/5 feet of tippet but sometimes longer is a hinderence to presenting the fly on small streams.

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    Default Re: Leader Length for a 6ft 2 weight

    Quote Originally Posted by rodney_bateman View Post
    I would start with a short furled leader(3 or 4ft) and then attach about the same length of Tippett for fishing dries. For fishing the duo which I tend to fish a lot on small streams I would go 3ft furled leader, 2 ft Tippett to the dry and a further 1.5 - 2 ft to the nymph. That's a good place to start anyway...
    This is how I've set up my six footer and works a treat.

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    Default Re: Leader Length for a 6ft 2 weight

    Thanks very much for all the replies and advice.
    This a a complete departure from my usual stillwater fishing.

    The syndicate allows dry fly and upstream nymphing. I have a small 2 wt reel and I have taken a DT 2wt floating line and cut it exactly in half and then attached some backing to the cut end. I'm assuming I have got that part right.

    Part of the syndicate water is the main river and I'm thinking of a 10 ft 3 / 4 wt
    i would like to agree with you but then we would both be wrong...

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    Default Re: Leader Length for a 6ft 2 weight

    You got it right with the line, 9 foot is more versatile, you could fish nymphs and dries no problem, I'd go 3 weight but that's my preference

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    Default Re: Leader Length for a 6ft 2 weight

    There are no rules or generalities. Fish the longest leader you can handle according to your rod length / casting skills and your surroundings. That my be 6ft or 12ft . You are better fishing with. 5ft leader you can handle rather than 9ft you cant, I have a 6ft 3wt and use anything from a 5ft leader including tippet right up to 10ft . Sometimes longer leaders are counter productive,

    Andy
    Last edited by green stick; 29-06-2017 at 06:56 PM.

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