Leaders for Fly Line
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Leaders for Fly Line

Leaders for Fly Line




      

Leaders for Fly Line


Leaders for Fly Line

It is impossible to place too much emphasis upon the quality and suitability of the leader or, as it is sometimes called, the casting-line. Since the leader is a link in the chain between the angler and a hooked fish, and since a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, it follows that the strength of the leader must be unquestionable. And in the matter of selection the leader must be suited to the water and the fish where the fishing is to be done. So the angler should be able to judge accurately the quality of leaders, and also know about the different sizes in which they are made for various conditions. Briefly, the material from which leaders, and the snells of flies and hooks, are made, is the silk of the Spanish or Italian silkworm, the silk or " gut" being drawn from the worm to the desired length (from 10 to 15 inches, the short lengths being afterward knotted together to form the complete leader) and subsequently sorted and made into bunches or "hanks" according to caliber and quality. As a matter of fact the silk is drawn out to a greater length than the final length of the strand, for there is considerable waste at each end of the strand on account of the manner in which the gut is cured and made into hanks.

Camp, Samuel Granger. Fishing Kits and Equipment,. New York: Outing Pub., 1910. Print.

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