Saturday, March 13, 2010
Nearly there: baetis nymphs and home made leaders.......
This is probably uneccessary/nerdish/anal (delete as appropriate) considering that perfectly serviceable leaders are available in the shops, but I just fancied having the flexibility to fish say, a longer leader than normal, or a steeply tapered wind-beating version when conditions dictate. Once I had procured the necessary different diameters of copolymer (Orvis Super Strong in this instance), I used the leadercalc tool for guidance in constructing the tapers - a very useful spreadsheet, and one which allows you to print off your own custom labels. A couple of examples are shown below.
Whether or not this proves to be a worthwhile venture, I will reveal in due course. It's certainly kept me busy for the last couple of weeks, and allowed me to practice two knots which I rarely use these days - the full blood and perfection loop.
Other than that, it's been mainly a case of servicing reels and renewing line stops on my sinkers and so on. Roll on the new season, I can hardly wait!