Jonathan White has fly fished widely for trout, sea trout and salmon in the western US, the Kola, Iceland, Chile and Argentina, as well as saltwater fly fishing in the Seychelles and the Bahamas. Since retiring from a career in international banking, he fishes several times a year in England’s southern chalk streams.
The leader is the single most important variable in the nymph fisherman’s set-up, and is often the key factor in determining success or failure. The French leader performs in a different way to the conventional leader, thus setting French leader technique apart from other methods. An enormous amount has been written in the quest for a perfect action, and...