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The Hook & Hackle Company encourages support of those "Wounded Warriors" who have suffered physical and/or emotional injury as a result of their service to our great country.

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Rose River Farm, Virginia's finest private water trout fishing experience, has just gotten even better. Now in addition to over a mile of private water managed for Trophy Trout (all strictly on the fly and catch and release) they have added luxury rental cabins. As an introductory special ....

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The Hook & Hackle Company highly endorses this fine bonefish, tarpon & permit fishing destination. Our recent visit there exceeded our expectations many times over.

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Nora's colorful artwork just blow's me away! Best known for her watercolors, Nora has spent time painting on location all over the U.S.

 

I recently purchased a couple of prints from her Rich Pool Series which have become instant favorites!

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From time to time, we will feature different folks who are making a difference to fly fishing, conservation, outdoor art, helping others & so on. We welcome your suggestions for this column.


Peter C. Thompson, artist, writer, fly fisher & conservationist is our current feature.

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Wilderness North – Ontario Canada’s Premier Fly-in Adventure Provider!

Deep in the heart of the Northern Ontario wilderness lies an oasis for outdoor enthusiasts and anglers seeking a definitive Canadian adventure. Accessible only by floatplane, Wilderness North offers a haven for those who want to reconnect with nature.

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Tying Your Own Leaders!

Your source for flyfishing and flycraft resources since 1975.

 

If you haven't tried this, you owe it to yourself! All you need to know is the blood knot which takes a little practice in order to do quickly and correctly. You can learn it here: BLOOD KNOT on Grog's Animated Knots.

Some fly shops and catalogs sell a leader making kit, but want to have more fun by teaching you about leader material, so you can make your own choices. You can experiment with the recipes below, by using Maxima Tippet if you want the leader to be particularly stiff. Or you can just use Maxima on the butt sections, but use nylon or fluorocarbon for the thinner sections.

Just like making your own flies and rods, nothing beats the feeling when you catch a fish on a leader you made yourself. Also, the simple skills you pick up by making your own leaders will help you repair your old leaders in order to get more usage out of them.

If you want to make leaders in the simplest fashion, you can also try our Dennison Leader Making Vise for just $8.95. It's a nicely constructed tool, pictured right, that'll make this process even easier and quicker. Also, when you don't have your materials to tie flies, but are waiting or just sitting around, you can pull out a small bag of tippet materials and get going in a minute, just about anywhere you are. (I like to make these on airplanes because it doesn't take much room and you can carry on this tool and a pair of nippers or small scissors. Plus, if I'm on my way somewhere like Montana to go fishing, making my leaders helps to get me in the groove and relaxed.)

HAND TIED LEADER RECIPES

LIGHT LINES

HEAVIER LINES

 

LIGHT LINES (5 WT AND UNDER)

7 1/2' Leaders 3 to 5 weight lines
Diameter (in inches) .023 .021 .019 .017 .015 .013 .012 .011 .010 .009 .008 .007 .006 .005 .004
Tippet Size                0X 1X 2X 3X 4X 5X 6X 7X
0X     24" 16" 14" 9" 9" 18"              
1X     24" 16" 14" 9"   9" 18"            
2X     24" 16" 14" 9"   9" 18"          
3X     22" 18" 14" 6" 6"   6" 18"        
4X     22" 18" 14" 6"   6"   6"   18"      
5X     16" 14" 14"   12"   6"   6" 22"    
6X       16" 14" 14"   12"   6"   6"   22"  

9' Leaders 3 to 5 weight lines

Diameter
(Inches)
.023 .021 .019 .017 .015 .013 .012 .011 .010 .009 .008 .007 .006 .005 .004
Tippet Size                0X 1X 2X 3X 4X 5X 6X 7X
4X     36" 16" 12" 6"   6"   6"   26"      
5X     28" 14" 12" 10"   6"   6"   6" 26"    
6X     28" 14" 12" 10"   6"   6"   6"   26"  

12' Leaders 3 to 5 weight lines

Diameter
(Inches)
.023 .021 .019 .017 .015 .013 .012 .011 .010 .009 .008 .007 .006 .005 .004
Tippet Size                0X 1X 2X 3X 4X 5X 6X 7X
5X     36" 24" 16" 12"   8"   8" 8" 32"    
6X     36" 24" 16" 12"   8"   8" 8" 32"  
7X     36" 24" 16" 12"   8"   8" 8" 32"

HEAVIER LINES (6 WT TO 9 WT)

7 1/2' Leaders 6 to 9weight lines
Diameter
(Inches)
.023 .021 .019 .017 .015 .013 .012 .011 .010 .009 .008 .007 .006 .005 .004
Tippet Size                0X 1X 2X 3X 4X 5X 6X 7X
0X   12" 12" 16" 14" 9" 9" 18"              
1X   12" 12" 16" 14" 9"   9" 18"            
2X   12" 12" 16" 14" 9"   9" 18"          
3X   12" 12" 16" 14" 6" 6"   6" 18"        
4X   12" 12" 16" 14" 6"   6"   6"   18"      

9' Leaders 6 to 9 weight lines

Diameter
(Inches)
.023 .021 .019 .017 .015 .013 .012 .011 .010 .009 .008 .007 .006 .005 .004
Tippet Size                0X 1X 2X 3X 4X 5X 6X 7X
0X   36" 16" 12" 8" 8" 8" 20"              
1X   36" 16" 12" 8" 8" 8"   20"            
2X   36" 16" 12" 8" 8" 8"   20"          
3X   36" 16" 12" 6" 6"   6"   6" 20"        
4X   36" 16" 12" 6" 6"   6"   6"   20"      
5X   28" 14" 12" 10" 6"   6"   6"   6" 20"    

12' Leaders 6 to 9 weight lines

Diameter
(Inches)
.023 .021 .019 .017 .015 .013 .012 .011 .010 .009 .008 .007 .006 .005 .004
Tippet Size                0X 1X 2X 3X 4X 5X 6X 7X
3X   36" 25" 17" 14" 8"   8"   8" 28"        
4X   36" 24" 16" 12" 7"   7"   7" 7" 28"      
5X   36" 24" 16" 12" 7"   7"   7" 7" 28"    
6X   36" 24" 16" 12" 7" 7"   7"   7"   28"  
7X   28" 18" 16" 14" 12"   7"   7"   7"   7" 28"

 

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