TOP WATER Bonefish Leader


TOP WATER Bonefish Leader


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2 years ago

This is the top-water version of guide Tom Rowland' s "Lefty Kreh's 50% Rule Top-Water Bonefish Leader". Watch the video below as Tom describes the formula in detail.

In this particular video (below) Tom is targeting top-water Bonefish (hence the mono 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!


Recast from… SUB-SURFACE Bonefish Leader

Sections 11
Knots 6
Est. Build time 3:10
Total length 7′2″

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 40LB Mono 4′ Tippet & Line
3 Blood Knot Knots
1 30LB Mono 2″ Tippet & Line
1 25LB Mono 1′ Tippet & Line
1 15LB Mono 2′ Tippet & Line
1 Improved Clinch Knot Knots
1 Flats Flies & Beads

How to Build TOP WATER Bonefish Leader

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@barblessco • 2 years 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."