SUB-SURFACE Bonefish Leader


SUB-SURFACE Bonefish Leader


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1 year ago

Guide Tom Rowland describes Lefty Kreh's 50% rule to tie a leader for flyfishing. In this particular video (below) Tom is targeting sub-surface Bonefish (hence the fluorocarbon throughout), but this also works for trout, bass, carp, etc. Just match the LBs to the species. The key take-away here is the 50% rule people!

Sections 11
Knots 6
Est. Build time 3:10
Total length 9′

Build List

Products in this Build | Estimated Build Time: 3:10
Image Count Name Size Length Category
1 Loop-Loop Connection Knots
1 Perfection Loop Knots
1 50LB Fluoro 4′ Tippet & Line
3 Blood Knot Knots
1 30LB Fluoro 2′ Tippet & Line
1 25LB Fluoro 1′ Tippet & Line
1 15LB Fluoro 2′ Tippet & Line
1 Improved Clinch Knot Knots
1 Flats Flies & Beads

How to Build SUB-SURFACE Bonefish Leader

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@barblessco • 1 year ago

We got this in our Reddit inbox from a fellow angler at /r/flyfishing today and wanted to share (reproduced here with their permission): "The ideal butt section is 5x flyline weight. Rowland says 50# test but that's for a 10wt. Most salt anglers use an 8wt and should be using 40# test. 50 will kill momentum and result in less leader turnover. A 3-piece leader turns over every bit as well as his recommended 4-piece, while requiring fewer knots and fewer varieties of leader material. 6' of 40# to 3' of 30# to 1.5' of tippet is all you need. Slim Beauty knots (without doubling the smaller line) are far stronger than Blood Knots, and far more streamlined (i.e. Less likely to snag debris or catch in your rod guides) than uni-to-uni knots. Chapstick is a superior knot lubricant, esp for heavier fluoro lines."