Beginner's Corner

Leader length depends on a number of conditions. In general, when fly fishing clear water with fish in shallow water,
go with as long a leader as you can easily cast. When fly fishing during windy conditions or in small streams where
fly casts will be short, go to a shorter leader for better turnover.

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Leader Length
Best suited for…

6 foot

Sinking fly lines of all types, panfish, bass, trout in tiny, brushy streams
7.5 foot Trout in streams from 10-20 feet wide, intermediate and sinking tip lines in lakes and saltwater conditions where the fish are not terribly spooky. Also streamer fishing for trout with big flies or with heavy nymphs and big indicators

9 foot

Trout streams larger than 20 feet wide where the water is mostly riffled, or else the fish are not spooky. In salt water, fish in shallow water under bright, clear conditions.
12 foot Trout in most lakes with floating lines. Trout in streams with flies smaller than size 16 when the water is flat, low, or very clear
15 foot Spooky trout in extremely clear water in both lakes and rivers.