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Learning how to make a fishing leader for fly fishing is easy and won't take you much time at all. While there are specialized big game leaders and shallow water leaders, the 50-25-25 tapered fly fishing leader is a good standard fly fishing leader that you can build for freshwater or saltwater.
You might be wondering what the 50-25-25 formula means. Don't worry though; it's not a complex mathematical equation. 50-25-25 simply refers to the percentages of leader material with regard to line strength.
Whether you're tying a fishing leader for your fly rod or learning how to make fishing rigs to use with your spincast gear, you'll have the process down in no time with just a little practice. Just as with building different types of fishing rigs, there are different ways to build fly leaders. However, the best fishing leader you can use for fly fishing is the one you know how to make with confidence.
Debbie Hanson is an award-winning outdoor writer, women’s sport fishing advocate, IGFA world record holder, and freshwater guide living in Southwest Florida. Hanson’s written work has appeared in publications such as Florida Game & Fish Magazine, BoatUS Magazine, and USA Today Hunt & Fish. To learn more about her work, visit shefishes2.com or follow her on Instagram @shefishes2.
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