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Old 11-28-2009, 07:33 PM
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How often do you change your leader? I spoke to one Fly Fishing Instructor who said ideally you should do it after ever day out on the water, but surely the cost of doing so would make angling an astronomical sport to participate in?

I'm new to fly fishing so wanted to guage different thoughts as with my spinning line it is rarely changed...I guess that is because it is cut down over time so I'm not using the same weak bits of line.
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Old 12-18-2009, 11:30 AM
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Khalid, It is prudent to change your leader when it is damaged. I overcome this issue by using a knotless tapered leader with an appropriate length of tippet material attached. I simply replace the tippet material - a lot more economical than changing the whole leader - unless of course the leader has become chaffed by snags above or below the water line. It pays to check your leader / tippet and knot holding the fly on, after every fish or after tangling with branches or snags below the water line. Doing this will mean less fish lost..

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Old 12-18-2009, 01:28 PM
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I once asked a guy in a fly fishing store about this very issue and he gave me the standard line about changing the leader. But I pressed him on it, especially about the expense and he said the second best thing to do was use the right length of tippet.
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