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Author:  Terry Kelley [ April 20th, 2019, 12:53 pm ]
Post subject:  Trout leader survey results

Leader Configuration Survey
45 Respondents

Question..........................Percentage.........# of Respondents.

Leader type
Knotless tapered. 58%. 22
Fureled. 34%. 13
Straight. 8%. 3

Comments/Other
Knotted tapered, Hand Knotted Tapered, Furled To Tapered, Hand Knotted, Knotted, Braid Loop Connection, Knotted, Hand Tied Knotted.




Material
Mono. 78%. 32
Fluorocarbon. 12% 5
Braided. 10%. 4

Comments/Other
Both mono and fluorocarbon, 6/0 & 8/0 Uni Thread, Thread, Mono with fluorocarbon tippet.




Size
2x. 0. 0
3x. 9%. 4
4x. 30%. 13
5x. 55%. 24
6x. 7%. 3
7x. 0. 0

Comments/Other
5x




Line to leader connection
Loop to loop. 71%. 30
Nail knot. 24%. 10
Needle. 5%. 2

Comments/Other
Super Glue Splice, Double Uni, Blind Splice




Length
>10 1/2 Ft. 5%. 1
10 1/2 Ft. 5%. 1
9 1/2 Ft. 41%. 17
8 1/2Ft. 27%. 11
7 1/2Ft. 17%. 7
6 1/2Ft. 2%. 1
5 1/2Ft. 2%. 1
<5 1/2Ft. 0%. 0

Comments/Other
9 to 12 Foot depending on situation, 9, 26, 9




When to add tippet
I don’t, I replace the whole leader. 2%. 1
When leader will not fit in hook eye. 2%. 1
A decrease of 12”. 20%. 8
A decrease of 16”. 24%. 10
A decrease of 20”. 20%. 8
A decrease of 24”. 7%. 3
A decrease of 30”. 5%. 2
A decrease of 36”. 0%. 0
After a significant change in
Leader Diameter. 20%. 8

Comments/Other
Can’t reduce a furled leader. Always add new tippet when there is less than 24” left.
Depends on conditions. Fly and many other variables.
When tippet needs replacing.
When change in tippet length is needed.




Knot used.
Surgeons. 50%. 19
Blood knot. 39%. 15
Orvis. 3%. 1
Double Uni. 8%. 3
“J”. 0%. 0

Comments/Other
Loop, Davy, loop to loop, loop2loop, x, triple surgeons, double Davy knot.



Fly line loop repair or replacement
Remove loop and use short mono loop with nail
knot and perfection loop. 43%. 15
Remove damaged loop and start using nail knot. 31%. 11
Slip on loop “Chinese Fingers”. 23%. 8
Weld new manufacturers loop. 1%. 1
Use metal barbed insert eye. 0%. 0

Comments/Other
Supper glue splice, Buy new line, Perfection Loop, Depends on Line, Cut off and use nail or needle knot, Blind Splice, Whipped Loop, Does Not Apply, Cup off loop and Blind Splice leader butt.




Tippet to fly knot.
Improved clinch. 50%. 21
Clinch. 29% 12
Davy. 14%. 6
Harvey. 0% 0
Orvis. 5%. 2
Palomar. 0% 0
Turle 2%. 1

Comments/Other
UNI, Duncan Loop, Non-slip mono loop.




Use a drop of something on knot
Yes. 12%. 5
No. 88%. 38

Comments/Other
Sometimes, Spit

Author:  dryflie [ April 20th, 2019, 10:03 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Trout leader survey results

We have determined from this survey that what I do is correct and everyone else is different and wrong. Thank you very much for the confirmation.

Author:  John H [ April 27th, 2019, 12:23 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Trout leader survey results

Yeah 95% are using leaders incorrectly :)

Author:  dryflie [ April 27th, 2019, 2:10 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Trout leader survey results

John H wrote:
Yeah 95% are using leaders incorrectly :)


Exactly.

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