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  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 11,742 Senior Member
    Another reason for a tapered leader for trout is because the taper bleeds off velocity and lets the fly hit the water "naturally" rather being slammed down. Especially vital for dry flies. Not so vital for weighted flies, but still, you have to get the tippet through the eye of the fly, and you don't want it slamming the water.

    A leader can last a long time, but you'll lose tippet length each time you change flies. When your tippet gets too short, you clip it off and add length.

    As for tippet size for the fly, lots of people use the Rule of 4. Take the size of the fly (say a size 16) and divide it by 4, which gives you a 4X tippet. But you'll probably catch more fish if you divide by 3, which would give you a 5x tippet.

    The smaller the tippet, the less drag you get on the float, the larger the tippet the more control you have on the cast. Somewhere in between is the happy spot.
    Concealed carry is for protection, open carry is for attention.
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