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David Williams



Joined: 29 Jan 2009
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Location: Prince Edward Island Canada

PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2009 7:49 pm    Post subject: Need suggestions on leader kits. Reply with quote
I was looking at buying a leader kit. I don't tie flys and my set up isn't great but I have been doing some reading up reguarding leaders and I think I can help myself and save some money by tying my own leaders.

I was looking at the Maxima Ultra Green kit at Cabelas and also there Frog Hair kit ( expensive) and there Umpqua kit but can't choose any color.

There appears to be many knowledgeable anglers on there and any ideas would be great. Thanks.
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Martin Joergensen
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 6:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
David,

I don't have much experience with kits, but I bought a handful of spools Maxima in different thicknesses in Walmart for almost nothing, and that stock has served me well as a foundation for leaders for several years now.

You can in general opt for most monofilament for the butt part of your leaders. You might want to be a bit more picky with the tippet, where breaking strain and knot strength has a great influence on performance. Some 4-5 spools plus tippet will roughly cover you for most leaders if you are not completely hysterical about the formulas. You might also take your starting point in Steve Schweitzer's LeaderCalc and make your shopping list from a well defined formula.

My Maxima i rather stiff - other brands are more supple. This does have influence on the finished leader, although not as much as you would think in my opinion.

Martin

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