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I have been fly fishing with my dad for a number of years but recently I went on my own and hit quite the stumbling block... I didn't know how to set the kit properly, normally I drive the boat while my dad sets up the rods, and as much as I try to watch what he is doing I also have to not crash the boat. The main issue I had was setting up the line.

I have a reel which has a loop on the end of the fly line (floating line) and I was unsure how to connect that to a leader, and the leader to the tippet. I already know how to attach the fly to the tippet (I use a tucked blood knot).

What I would like to know is:

  1. How do I attach a leader line to a fly line that has a looped end? (What knot do I use?)

  2. How do I attach the leader line to the tippet line? (What knot do I use?)

  3. How long should the leader and tippet lines be?

  4. How strong should the tippet and leader lines be?

I am targeting 0.5-2 kilo brown trout in natural rivers & lakes, trout have good sight & the water is very clear in the Swedish mountains so I like to keep it as thin & hard to see as possible. Likewise the knots should be neat and small, in my experience big lumpy knots will deter the fish & make casting more problematic.

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How about a simple double fisherman's knot for the joining ? link –  Marcus Wigert Aug 15 '13 at 9:03
    
@MarcusWigert looks like it would work for the leader to tippet joint –  GriffinEvo Aug 15 '13 at 9:11
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make a surgeon's loop in the end of the leader

use a loop-to-loop connection to join the leader to the fly line

use a surgeon's knot to join the leader to the tippet This isn't the strongest knot, but it is small, quick to tie and reliable. Look on the Grog's Knots (animatedknots.com) site to find lots of other knots.

tippet is usually 3-4 feet, total length of leader and tippet 9-10ft.

buy a tapered 4x leader to start off with. In most good monofilament brands that will be 6-8lb breaking strength, 3-4kg, which is plenty for most trout. buy some tippet spools in 4x and 5x. The 5x is thinner but weaker, use it if the fishies are wary..

All of this applies to monofilament. If using flourocarbon tippet/leader, knots are very weak, and you have to get specialized. Google for Fly Fisherman tippet shootout 2012, to find their article on fluoro and other knots tested.

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Thanks - this looks like a really good answer, I'm in an airport right now but once I get home next week I'll give it a test! –  GriffinEvo Aug 18 '13 at 4:46
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