Leader design for traditional spey line

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Leader design for traditional spey line

Post Number:#1  Postby windknotz88 » Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:27 pm

I've got an echo 3 in 13ft. 7wt. I'm lining it with ballistic vector in 6/7 440gr. for THCI prep. For casting on water, what leader and fly formulas can you recommend for the tasks? I can tie pretty much anything.
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Post Number:#2  Postby Morsie » Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:40 pm

I'm using a 10 ft bonefish tapered leader as the mid section of my leader. My goal with leader construction has been to establish the required 80ft length with no more than 40cms of overhang between rod tip and the back of the head, then no more than 13ft of leader. I have cut back my fly line (Rio In Touch long belly) by 3ft to accommodate this, I may remove a further 30cms but I'll see how it goes for now, not a fan of too much overhang at the moment, it still creates a "dead spot" that I'm sure will go with time. The leader has been extended through the addition of a 1m butt section (determined by thickness of the end of the fly line) and then I remove 3ft of the 10lb tippet end of the tapered leader and replace it with 12lb tippet. As for fly I'm currently using a tuft of wool, that is all.
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Post Number:#3  Postby Lasse Karlsson » Wed Feb 21, 2018 7:39 am

I used a simple 60/20/20 hometied leader at 15 foot with a big eenough piece of fluff, that I could see it land at 80 feet+.
At every practice session I started as one does i at the test. Cast to qualify the line, and depending on the days conditions and my form it changed several feet, I live at the sea, its windy ;) The qualification of the line is the only time a tape measure is used in the test, so it sets the form for the whole thing.

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Post Number:#4  Postby Morsie » Thu Feb 22, 2018 3:15 am

Do you have 80 ft marked out where you cast Lasse or do you take a tape measure each time? The importance of this qualification task has been pointed out me a few times and I have been neglecting it.
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Post Number:#5  Postby Lasse Karlsson » Thu Feb 22, 2018 7:41 am

I take a tape measure every time, and since I usually practice alone, I take two sticks and a string, so I can see if I reach the distance or not.

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Post Number:#6  Postby Morsie » Thu Feb 22, 2018 8:58 am

That's in the water? I might make an 80ft long length of rope and put a float on the end then lay that out with a couple of tent pegs.
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