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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-18-2015, 07:43 PM Thread Starter
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leader to tippet conection

Finished reading a book by Lefty Kreh. He suggested making a nonslip mono loop to connect leader to tippet with a loop to loop connection. Has anyone tried this? I usually use a surgeons knot to connect the two. I can see an advantage in you wouldn't have to change your leader that often. I'm not sure how easy this connection would slide through the eyes of the rod.
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Re: leader to tippet conection

Yes, I did try this some time ago. I went back to tying the surgeons or blood knots.
As for sliding thru the guides, the only time that line should get to the guides is when you're reeling the line in to call it a day or to move to another spot, and then the line would probably be on the outside of the guides. Having mono slide thru the guides with a loop to loop will not be a hinder. Think of this, once the line has a little tension the loops will close up partially. Also, mono does constrict easily if it comes in contact with a guide.

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Re: leader to tippet conection

Lately I have been using a perfection loop to attach my tippet to my leader. I start with a regular mono tapered leader and when the narrow section gets too short I tie in a perfection loop and attach new tippet material to the end as needed. I can get four or five trips out of a single leader this way. Always works great for me. Only thing I can say is try it and see how it works for you. May save you a bit on leaders, plus I hate having to throw away a leader that's nice and stretched out just when it is starting to cast ideally.

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Re: leader to tippet conection

i use either a surgeons knot or a tippet ring
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Re: leader to tippet conection

I use a tippet ring, but they can be tricky to tie on. I found that you have to hold the ring with a pair of hemostats to make it happen. The ones I use are tiny.


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Re: leader to tippet conection

I use a braided leader, and it has a small washer on the end of it. I just tie to it directly.

My dad uses the loop to loop method. He also uses the loop to loop for tapering his tippet.
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Re: leader to tippet conection

too many knots; the more knots the weaker the line. I use a blood knot sometime a ring if I'm just nymphing

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Re: leader to tippet conection

95% of the time I use a super tiny barrel swivel made by blackbird for my leader/tippet connection. They are very popular with centerpinner's. It's smaller than a grain of rice and I believe is rated up to 20 lbs, but I've landed Chinook over 20 lbs up in New York with them. If i'm fishing drys, or super light tippet in gin clear water i'll use a double surgeon.
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Re: leader to tippet conection

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I can see an advantage in you wouldn't have to change your leader that often.
How often do you change your leader? I change regular mono leaders once a year. Unless you break it off, I see no reason to change more than once. For the braided leaders I use, not even once a year. The one I have on now has been on at least 5 years and I have not had a single issue.

Neither me or my dad has had trouble with the loop to loop method. He usually tapers down 3 tippets of different strengths and uses the loop to loop on all of them.
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Alberto knot!!! It's seriously the best.

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