8wt vs 6wt leader construction?

FlatsFrenzyFlatsFrenzy Posts: 893 Officer
I just picked up a 6wt combo to go along with my 8wt and am looking forward to some winter lows on the flats and some backwater mangrove exploration.

I do a tapered (40/30/20 + tippet) leader on my 8wt and it lays out nice even with smaller flies like bend backs and etc.

On my 6wt I've got an Airflo Ridge Clear tropical floating line. (I figure I'll take any advantage I can get over Tampa's spooky winter reds...) The line shoots well and accuracy is great in the 40-60' range so far.

Any advice on leader construction for winter reds? I am considering a 30# butt with a length of 14# looped on.
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Chris
Gulf Coast of FL
@flatsfrenzy #flyonly #onelessspinrod

Replies

  • backbonebackbone Posts: 59 Greenhorn
    The leader set up will typically be the same between the two rods.
  • Ol'DirtyCasterOl'DirtyCaster Posts: 2,263 Captain
    My leaders are built for the flies I throw, the rod doesn't matter much. For smaller flies and delicate presentations, I use longer/lighter leaders. If I'm throwing poppers or big synthetic bait fish patterns, I'll use a shorter/heavier leader.
  • FlatsFrenzyFlatsFrenzy Posts: 893 Officer
    I was thinking that as well...longer, lighter leaders for bendbacks and small gurglers on the winter flats...
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    Chris
    Gulf Coast of FL
    @flatsfrenzy #flyonly #onelessspinrod
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