How to Put a Leader on a Fly Fishing Line?

Connecting a fly fishing line to a leader is quite easy. The fly line has got a loop in it as well as the leader. You just need to insert the fly fishing line loop through the center of the leader loop. Once this is done, take the leader mainly on the heavy piece, double it and insert it through the loop of the fly line. Pull the fly line and the leader together and you will be building a very strong connection without tying a knot. Let's take a look at various ways of how to put a leader on a fly fishing line plus the benefits and the down side in each method.     


1. The Nail knots   
 This method is considered as one of the longest serving with benefits as follows;    
-The knot doesn't hold any water to generate droplet spray
 -It effectively transfer energy through the fly fishing line into the leader to turn it over
 -It doesn't have hinging problems 

The downside    
-With nail knot connections, replacing the leader can be quite tedious. It can be a serious issue to those people who do a lot of fishing and in situations where there is low light. 
-The knots tend to hold lots of water causing water droplets when casting    

2. Braided Loops    
In this case, the braided leader loop is slid over the end of the fly fishing line and locked in position by sliding a plastic section over it.     

Benefits;   
 -You do not have to tie any knots  -It is less likely to experience faults on the top guide  -Replacing the leader is easy  
-It is very durable and will serve you for long.     

Downside;   
 -The braid section is prone to hinging. 
-The braids tend to hold lots of water causing water droplets during casting 
-The join edges can cause serious tangles when they catch the leader when casting. 
- Some of these loops are yellow and fish likes them, they follow them when you are fishing streamers.   3. Welded Loops    
This is done by making a tiny, nicely welded loop at the end of the fly fishing line.    

Benefits;   
 -You experience no hinging issues
 -You do not have to tie any knots
 -It is very durable and will serve you for long.  
-There is minimal water droplets spray 
-The join edges can cause serious tangles when they catch the leader during casting. 
-It slides through the top guide without any problems.
 -Good energy transfer    

Downside;   
 -Apparently, there seem to be no downside except the initial cost of the line is a bit high.     

4. Line to leader links    
This is a small oval shaped plastic tube(app 10mm long) with slots on both sides. The ends of the leader and fly line are pushed out of the side slots in opposite ends. The two are then pulled to tuck the knotted ends well inside the slots. Changing the trippet exposes the knot, it is then clipped off and a new leader inserted, then knotted and pulled tight once more.    

Benefits;      
 -It is very durable and will serve you for long.   
-The knots are very simple 
-You experience no hinging issues 
 -There is minimal water droplets spray 
-It slides through the top guide without any problems. 
 -The join edges can cause serious tangles when they catch the leader during casting. 
-Great energy transfer  
-Low cost    

There seems to be no downside.     

In Summary;    
The above are a good guide on putting a leader on a fly fishing line. It helps you choose to purchase the leader that appears clever to you!


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