Lefty Kreh's Permit Leaders

September 30, 2005 By: Marshall Cutchin

Lefty talks about the best way to construct a permit leader, including the use of a long, limp butt section. “To make a leader between 10 and 11 feet long, the butt section should be 50-pound test that is heavy yet limp and measures half the total length of the leader. You want the leader to unroll just like the fly line, and a stiff butt section does not turn over easily.” The only advice I might take issue with is the suggestion for tippets to be 18″ or under: I believe having that final knot so close to the fly will spook some fish. On FlyFishInSalt.com.