Published Jul 13. 2016 - 7 years ago
Updated or edited Sep 8. 2018

Building a Tapered Leader

Detailed instructions on how to build a 10 foot, 4X tapered leader.

Martin Joergensen


Homemade leaders, the only way to go for me. ...

I have used nothing but homemade/handmade tapered leaders my entire life, growing up in western Maine, fly fishing has always been a large part of my life, and economically it just makes sense, and the transfer of energy through the cast can actually be felt as the leader unfurls, nailknots and homemade leaders are the way to go, i just like whipping them up every spring and handing them out to family and friends who lack the patience to do it themselves. 5 minutes and total cost with mono about 11 cents per 10 footer, or tapered factory extruded 3-7 dollars, with greatly varying quality/strength, using Maxima Chameleon for the entire leader, (tannin rich coffee clored waters) it has yet to let me down, so if you got the dough go with what you want, but if youre a bit more frugal like myself, build them yourself, there are hundreds of formulas through LeaderCalc right here on site that are the best around, I cant say enough about the quality of info here, again thank you and as always "tight lines and big smiles".

Mike V's picture

Good general info on making leaders...

Clear and easy to understand video of the major steps involved in the construction of homemade leaders. Great general reference.


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