2 Scenarios For Greasing Your Leader

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2 Scenarios Where I Grease My Leader. Photo By: Louis Cahill

Sometimes a little grease goes a long way.

1. Fishing with Tiny Dry Flies

Many anglers out there shy away from fishing tiny dry flies because they find it difficult to see them and keep them floating during their drifts. Greasing the length of your leader with fly floatant can help your tiny dries float longer and make them easier to see on the water. A good scenario for this would be if you’re fishing a CDC pattern where you don’t apply floatant directly to the fly pattern. By greasing your leader you’ll increase the floatation of your pattern and it will stay afloat longer in more turbulent water.

2. Drifting Nymphs & Emergers in the Film

If you find the standard dry fly dropper rig is failing to get the attention of feeding fish during a hatch, try instead tying on a single emerger or nymph  pattern that imitates the aquatic insects hatching. Then grease your leader from the butt section to within 6″ of your fly. This will allow your fly to drift in or slightly below the surface film where a biggest percentage of the hatching naturals will be found struggling to break through the surface tension. Complete each dead drift by letting your fly swing and rise to the surface to match the behavoir of the emerging bugs.

Keep it Reel,

Kent Klewein
Gink & Gasoline
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5 thoughts on “2 Scenarios For Greasing Your Leader

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  2. For those who have a hard time seeing their tiny midge dries, stick on a palsa indicator about 12 – 16″ up from your fly. You can either watch the indicator for hits or use it to help you find your fly in the water column. The Palsa’s are small enough they will not spook spooky fishy’s.

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