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    Hey Guys,

    I am jsut curious as to what leaders you use/construct while fishing the magical beads.

    What I have been doing is just using a furled leader made my JONI (on North Amercian Fly Fishing Forum, {3 leaders for 12.00}) along with a 6 foot piece of straight 8 or 10;b peice of flouro...

    I was wondering those of you who employ beads, what leader you use or reccomend as well as leaders/sets up you would stay away from.

    Thanks guys! Tight lines!!!

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    I've been doing just fine on a regular 9' 4X non florocarbon leader.

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    10-12 feet of Maxima ultragreen or fluorocarbon in 10 lb test seems pretty popular with many. Comes in 25 yard spools and is affordable and readily available. I am sure there are more complicated set ups, but this is a pretty popular leader for beads.
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    i like to make my own /c it's cheaper and i can customize it
    to keep my split shot where i want it, i always tie blood knot about 12-18" (depending on water flow and clarity) above the bead
    i think 9 feet total is fine for small stream but i bump it up to 10-12 on the kenai
    10# flouro tippet is a good bet

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    Quote Originally Posted by danattherock View Post
    10-12 feet of Maxima ultragreen or fluorocarbon in 10 lb test seems pretty popular with many. Comes in 25 yard spools and is affordable and readily available. I am sure there are more complicated set ups, but this is a pretty popular leader for beads.
    Are you putting a fluoro tippet on the end or just straight?

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    Thanks guys!

    Are you using any butt material or just straight mono/flouro off the fly line?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Franken Fish View Post
    Are you putting a fluoro tippet on the end or just straight?

    I have used the Maxima green and fluorocarbon and prefer the fluoro. Namely, it sinks faster so the bead is in the "zone" longer. Well, in theory at least. Can't say I have tested the sink rates, but fluoro is known to sink better than mono.

    To answer you question, I have used one or the other, never combined.

    I am not a good bead fisherman yet. Honestly, I don't enjoy fishing beads. However, a challenge is a challenge and I intend to learn more about it for the situations that dictate it's utility. You should follow the advice of others on this one.

    I am just trying different rigs, knots, etc.. in an effort to find what works best. A work in progress if you will. 10' tapered leaders, fluoro, Maxima green, #6-10 hooks, hand made 7mm clay beads, plastic beads in 6-10mm, 7.2mm pink coral beads (seriously), fly rods, centerpin (float) rods, etc... I will try anything and everything to find what works best for me. I do tend to think outside the box. A double edged sword of sorts.


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    not to highjack but how much weight do you guys use on say parks highway type waters. i've been keeping it to a min but i am wondering if i could not use any and get better results from a more natural drift?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Griffin4590 View Post
    not to highjack but how much weight do you guys use on say parks highway type waters. i've been keeping it to a min but i am wondering if i could not use any and get better results from a more natural drift?
    The only time I have used zero weight is when the drift is slow and shallow and even one small splitshot stops the drift or barely moves it. The amount of weight I use depends on the water. Fast and deep water may require 2 or 3 BB size splitshot. Slow and shallow may require one or none. I'm constantly adjusting. For the OP, I taper my own leaders with different sizes of tippet and always use 8-10 lb. flourocarbon as the terminal section.

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    I use about 4 feet of mono. And If the current is fast, I will tie on a splitshot weight. Strike indicators work well too about 2 feet up the leader depending on how deep the water is etc.
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    I dont even mess with leaders anymore. I go strait 8-9 foot section of mono tied to fly line. I usually carry some 8 lb test and 12 pound test. v I used to fish light but don't see the point when the fish typically dont care ( I know we are spoiled up here).

    I just started using flourocarbon. It is supple enough and comes in a small 110 yard spool for around 10 bucks. Not sure if its the best but i have found it sinks good and has great abrasion resistance and inexpensive to boot.

    Prior to this year i carried Maxima leader reels that I would refill from larger spools of maxima ultragreen at home.

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    TTT boys!

    Anyone else out there have any leader set ups they would like to share? thanks!!!

    Right now im just using a 5' furled leader with a 5-6foot peice of floro off that...Is that ok?

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    I use about 8 -10 feet of 10-12 lb. mono, with about 4-5 feet of 7-9 lb flouro and call it good. Maybe a little long, but a little less for the fish to see in the water, and it is easy to fish deeper if necessary

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    I use a furled leader with about 3 ft of flouro tippet

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    I'm new to the bead fishing as well. On the parks streams I have had success with 5-7' of 15lb p-line halo and 12-18" of 0X 12 lb or 8lb tippet. I put my bb split shot(s) above the tippet and use a 4size hook. Like I said I've had great success, only missed a couple strikes. I debarb my hook also. Any comments on my setup or ways to improve would be greatly appreciated....after reading all the prior comments I want to try florocarbon tippet.

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    Great replies guys!!!!!!

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    2-3ft of 30 lb mono, 2ft of 20lb mono, 3-5ft of 15lb Maxima ultragreen, 12-18in of 10 or 12lb p-line fluoro. I adjust what I need depending on where I am fishing. But thats basically what I do. Anywhere from 7ft-10ft over all length.

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    ~6' of 15-20# butt section, ~4' of 10-12# connected via uni/blood knot, micro swivel, then 18-22" of 6-8# flouro to bead rig... just enough BB or 3/0 above swivel to tick bottom... snags/reds tend to break off at tippet/swivel connection. adjust indicator to 1.5-2x depth of water. fish on!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jockomontana View Post
    ~6' of 15-20# butt section, ~4' of 10-12# connected via uni/blood knot, micro swivel, then 18-22" of 6-8# flouro to bead rig... just enough BB or 3/0 above swivel to tick bottom... snags/reds tend to break off at tippet/swivel connection. adjust indicator to 1.5-2x depth of water. fish on!


    Been screwing around with rigging ideas for three years. Your advice mirrors closely to what I now use. Very sound system from what I can see. You can also snell hooks ahead of time and store the 2' 8lb flouro with snelled hooks in a Mack's Pip Box. Another thought (from Gsmolt) is to use a lefty loop on the ends of leader and tippet (hand shaked) rather than a micro swivel. Still playing around with that one, but in either case, changing beads and tippet is pretty fast. For the 8 lb flouro, I just picked up some FC Sniper after hearing from many folks that use it. 200 yards for $25 is pretty affordable for flouro.



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    Sniper is amazing stuff

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