Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Stren Connection

Occasionally, I will in an attempt to rationalize this stuff we call fly fishing, appear to apply common sense.  Not too often mind you, or it may begin to become "expected". And that's simply a fools errand when associated with our beloved piscatorial pursuit.

That being said, I have admittedly departed from the social norms surrounding what we refer to as leaders and tippets. Partly because it's just too damned easy. But mostly because it just plain old works. Lets call it......


"The Stren Connection"




Having fished twisted leaders for some time now (with several posts relating to them), This winter and since has found me solidly in the camp of a particular leader for ALL of my warm water fishing, and most of my cold water nymphing.

A few attributes to this particular leader:
  • Very durable, which is extremely important withe warm water applications
  • Rolls over up to #2 Poppers and Deer hair bugs very well, while still providing an accurate and delicate presentation with smaller flies when needed.
  • Just the right amount of stretch. this leader protects tippets, but also holds up to dragging bass though lily pad tangles.
  • Easy to reproduce. No jigs. You can build them while watching TV, with 18' of mono, a #16 Micro barrel swivel and your fingers
  • Affordable. materials for 18 leaders will cost you $10.25

Couple that with Stren Fluorocast fluorocarbon line/tippet ($4.99 for a 100yd spool) and it has proven to be the perfect combination for most all heavy applications on my 5-7wt rigs.

Who said fly fishing needed to be expensive or complicated? I have used the same leader and 4lb Fluorocast tippet for all of my nymphing, since this past winter.  

Attached is the formula for twisting them up: