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Perfection Leader Connection

Over the years there has been so many different ways of connecting mono leaders to fly lines, some good but for the most, bad.  Most fly fishermen over the age of thirty will have come across, in their early days, fly line and leader connections that were just tied together with two huge blood knots, which were so large you could just about manage to pull it through the tip ring of your rod. There has been plastic connecters that looked like an oversized plastic grain of rice and were just as difficult to pull through the tip ring.  There was even a small metal ring that you screwed into the end of your fly line.   Along with all the other braided loop connecters with tubes and sleeves that when you were playing a fish and just needed to strip in a little more line before the fish came to the net and the sleeve catches on your tip ring, the fish disappears with the fly, leader and loop connecter.  And many more...
 
The main problem, other than the sheer size and awkwardness of these connection techniques is the fly line and leader are two separate entities and behave as such, when casting. 
 
When successfully casting a fly line, everything relies on a smooth, even transference of energy, right from your arm through the rod, line, leader, tippet and ending, last but not least, at the fly. These connections become a weak link in this chain of events, in most cases causing an abrupt reduction of the energy transference, when it reaches the connection, resulting in bad turnover, with the end of the fly line crashing down into the water first and the leader and fly always falling short, instead of rolling over and presenting the fly at optimal distance and reaching its intended goal.  To say the least, this can be extremely frustrating, especially if you only have one chance of serving your fly to a cautious wild fish.  The advantage of the perfection connection is that itīs "all in one" construction gives a smooth and even turnover which reduces fly line splash down on presentation.  This is alpha and omega when it comes to still water fishing and presenting a dry fly in flat, calm conditions.
 
The perfection connection serves only as the heaviest butt section of a leader construction.  Using this as the foundation for the remaining leader, you can taper your leader down to your tippet using a double blood knot for each section.  The mid section and tippet point can be adjusted to requirements.  I normally use a three metre long three section construction for most still water fishing:
 
1.     The butt section should be 1.5m long and of a relatively stiff, clear mono which is     approximately 65% of the fly line diameter.
 
2.     The mid section should be 75cm long and of a smaller diameter than the butt section that will in turn slightly reduce the energy transference from the fly line.  This will give a more flexible body to the tippet, resulting in a truer presentation of the fly, through better movement and less chance of drag.
 
3.     The tippet section should also be 75cm long and of a smaller diameter than the mid section. This being said, if you wish to change your leader to accommodate larger flies or for larger fish, you just cut off the mid section at the butt connection and construct a new leader to your requirements. 
 
As a general rule the tippet section diameter can be determined by taking the hook size to be used, for example #12, divide this by four, = 3 and add one = 4X.  For larger streamer fishing with a #4 hook, divided by four, = 1 + 1 = 2X...
 
With only a few basic items, that most fly fishermen already possess, you can make, in just a matter of a few minutes, the perfect connection on all your trout lines.

 

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