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Building a Tapered Leader

Producer: Tim Flagler  |  Tightline Studios

Tim Flagler provides a detailed video guide to contructing a 10-foot 4X leader.

As Flagler says: “Today there are more choices than ever when it comes to tapered leaders and I think most people are content to use the manufactured, knot-less variety. But, as with fly tying, there’s a good bit of satisfaction and knowledge to be gained by building your own. I learned to tie tapered leaders when I purchased an Orvis leader-tying kit some 30 years ago. I keep the kit around for sentimental reasons and still use some of the leader formulas that came with it. Nowadays, you don’t have to buy a dedicated kit, although there are some available. You simply purchase spools of leader material in different diameters and tests, do a little web research to find some well-established formulas and then have at it.”

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  • Doyle Caviness

    Tim, thank you for this excellent video. I’ve been tying my own leaders for years and have always used a pair of wooden clothes pins to hold the tag ends of the line in place while I tightened the blood knot. Having watched your manipulation of the tag ends of the knots with your fingers, I now can get rid of the clothes pins!