Published Sep 7. 2007 - 12 years ago
Updated or edited Aug 8. 2015

The Abraded leader

I have been using the Abraded flat leader for 25 years, It's made out of one strand of 0.60 monofilament , Abraded in to the right taper. It has all the pros of a braided leader, just stretch mutch better because it's flat, is also cheap, and fast to make.

I dont really know for sure who invented this leader? it was shown to me by The now dead, Danish Fly fisherman and casting guro Ken Milton in 1983, I have used it ever since.


Martin Joergensen's picture



If I understand this right this leader is sanded down to its proper taper, isn't it? I remember Milton mentioning these, but never really took that much notice... Isn't it a lot of work?

I had (still have) a friend who fished a lot in the Justland streams for sea trout, and I also remember him preparing these leaders. He later moved to Australia, and I haven't seen or heard them mentioned since.


Morten2's picture

I dont think so, It takes me...

I dont think so, It takes me ca 30 min to do one leader, and it last for years of fishing.

For the last one I made, I used normal sandpaper to shape the taper, then finer sandpaper until about 125 grain size(maybe adding some water), until the surface felt nice and smoth.

The turning point has allways been the blood knot adding the tippet to the leader, but with a little practice, and not to many turns, you can get a strong knot, normally I add 0.30 and down dependent on the task.

NB. Sorry Martin, I have coincidentally posted my first answer as a new tread, can be deleted


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