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  • Reply to: Shooting heads   12 months 6 hours ago

    You can easily make any line into a shooting head. Simply cut your line 30' back from the tip and needle-knot 20# mono running line/backing to the 30' head. The chief drawback will be the inability to mend line in a cast more than 30' long.

  • Reply to: Leader formulas   1 year 2 days ago


    I didn't write the article, so I'm not quite sure when I say this: but you are probably right.

    The "60% rule" is most likely more a rule-of-thumb to use if you want to have a starting point for a leader. As you have seen, many of the leaders in the system uses quite different formulas and principles, and most of them are based on real life fishing, and many hours of testing and adjusting.

    Regarding Ritz' book, it's an older title, and it comes from a time where mono lines were different from what they are now, which may be the reason for these general rules. My experience is that most of the leaders in LeaderCalc will work as they are designed and shown, even though most will not follow Ritz' principles - not even those bearing his name. I have of course only tried a fraction of them, but they all come from reliable sources and have been used for many years by many anglers.


  • Reply to: Leader formulas   1 year 3 days ago

    60% of the line diameter it writes. Is this really relevant?

    My flyline tips vary from SH #5 0,75mm to DH #12 1,3mm.
    60% of 1,3mm is 0,78mm. But 0,55mm is the butt diameter of all LCalc formuals I found for DH. The 75% butt diameter mentioned makes this even more peculiar.
    I read that material stiffness is to take in to consideration. And maybe flyline and leader materials changed over time?

    The numbers make better sense in smaller flyline diameters. But still many formulas span across 4-5 AFTM classes. Showing little connection to this "60% rule".

    I looked up this book on the Internet. It looks very interesting. I better read it. Maybe this is considered a "fly fishermans bible"? But I can not see that the 60% connection to butt diameters applies. And therefore; is this really relevant to us?

    Maybe there is something I don't fully understand? I'd love to get my grips arund this matter, simply because I tie leaders.

  • Reply to: LeaderCalc Download   1 year 1 month ago

    Martin thank you very much for the very fast response. I look forward to tying my own leaders and appreciate all the work that has been done to help us neophytes enter a new area of our very rewarding sport / pastime.

    Enjoy the rest of your summer.


  • Reply to: LeaderCalc Download   1 year 1 month ago


    I see that you might be referring to the spreadsheet for download, while I'm referring to the online system. In the spreadsheet nothing is editable. this is a very old system, which is not maintained anymore. Use the updated online system in stead. It's much more up to date:


  • Reply to: LeaderCalc Download   1 year 1 month ago


    You can't edit the formulas (recipes) themselves. They aren't printed on the label, so that wouldn't make much sense anyway.

    All the other things that go on the label are editable. They are shown in a form before you go the the "clean" labels to print them, and are divided in two sections: Leader info and Your info.
    The First one is pre-filled from the leader you have chosen, but all fields can be changed as you please. The second section is empty, and there for you to fill with your personal details.
    So you can essentially edit everything that goes on the label.

    If you have special leader formulas that you use and that work well, you can share them by sending them to me. I can then add them to the long list of existing formulas. It won't make a huge difference for label printing, but will give you and others access to see variations of these formulas in the system.


  • Reply to: LeaderCalc Download   1 year 1 month ago

    I would like to edit some of the leader recipes to suit me and then print a label with the edits. Can I do that with this program?

  • Reply to: Fly Fishing with Solo Canoes   1 year 1 month ago

    Hi there - I loved the article on fly fishing from a solo canoe and plan to hit the water as soon as my canoe comes in. Has anyone tried using a SUP paddle to adjust your position on the water while standing?

  • Reply to: Brushy Creek in Texas.   1 year 1 month ago

    Thanks! So since releasing this lots of people have told me about the rope, crazy! But I didn’t know they eat snakes, how cool!

  • Reply to: Brushy Creek in Texas.   1 year 1 month ago

    I have never fished for gar but I do know that one of the best flies for them is just a hook with a piece of very frayed piece of rope tied to the hook. Fish it like a top water lure or spinner under water. Gar have lots of sharp teeth that easily get tangled in the frayed rope. Don't bother trying to remove the hook. Cut the hook off and tie another one on. A frayed length of strips of yarn also works. Gar eat snakes. Try swimming it like snake.

  • Reply to: Durable flies: Wrapping thread   1 year 1 month ago

    Such a great combination of basic principles and advanced tips and tricks! I really love this site. Thank you!

  • Reply to: Make your own dubbing wax   1 year 1 month ago

    Late to the party here, but you can go to a porting goods store and get a rosin bag, like is used in baseball and gymnastics, much cheaper than fiddle rosin, and no pounding.