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### How much Leader?

Posted: **Wed Feb 16, 2011 7:37 am**

by **kevmann**

Any ideas/advice on what length of leader I should use please?

I use 25lb breaking strain with either 4 or 5oz weights.

Regards

Kev

Posted: **Wed Feb 16, 2011 7:55 am**

by **rabbi2**

The general formula is the length of the rod plus 6 turns on the spool/

Cheers

keith

Posted: **Wed Feb 16, 2011 7:59 am**

by **jacko69**

as keith said six turns around your reel then what i do is the length of the rod then back to the first ring back down the rod but if your casting 4-5oz leads then you want to be useing a minimum 40lb shockleader

Dave

Posted: **Wed Feb 16, 2011 8:05 am**

by **flattiefanatic**

rabbi2 wrote:The general formula is the length of the rod plus 6 turns on the spool/

Cheers

keith

What Keith said

Posted: **Wed Feb 16, 2011 8:07 am**

by **kevmann**

Thanks guys. I've got 60lb leader. So roughly 10 - 12 yards (in proper money) should be ok.

Posted: **Wed Feb 16, 2011 6:25 pm**

by **andy1_i**

how long is your rod? and how tall are you? as a general rule,that i follow,with arms out stretched is roughly the same length as your height ,now the maths bit lol.

if say you are 6ft tall and you have a 12ft rod you will need roughly 4.5 arm stretches of shockleader,if you get my drift. this includes enough for shock knot and end clip etc

this way i have found that instead of trying to faff about trying to feed the shock back through the rings then tying etc you can just measure a bit out and tie on.i have never been let down with this formula

ps how many of you are now measuring the distance between outstretched fingertips lol and seeing how tall you are

Posted: **Wed Feb 16, 2011 6:53 pm**

by **flattiefanatic**

Too much effort for me just attach shockleader length of your rod and 6 turns. More than ample

Posted: **Wed Feb 16, 2011 6:55 pm**

by **kevmann**

andy1_i wrote:how long is your rod? and how tall are you? as a general rule,that i follow,with arms out stretched is roughly the same length as your height ,now the maths bit lol.

if say you are 6ft tall and you have a 12ft rod you will need roughly 4.5 arm stretches of shockleader,if you get my drift. this includes enough for shock knot and end clip etc

this way i have found that instead of trying to faff about trying to feed the shock back through the rings then tying etc you can just measure a bit out and tie on.i have never been let down with this formula

ps how many of you are now measuring the distance between outstretched fingertips lol and seeing how tall you are

6'3........12ft cane rod and 20 0dd stone to go behind it

Posted: **Thu Feb 17, 2011 10:13 am**

by **geordiesandman**

i use a similar principle to andy.i go for about 2 1/2 rod lengths (dont forget to take into consideration the size of your spool) as i'm about 5'8", if i'm using my 13' rod, thats roughly six outsretched arms.

the other way, is simply to tie your leader on, leaving it on the spool, then reel it in until it is round the reel 6 times, then cut it off where it hangs bak at the reael (after going up to the tip and back down) tie on your clip, rig ad lead, then Wolop out it goes.

Just try not to let your spool of line go rolling off....

inidentally i only use 60lb line, i rarely buy specific 'shock leader, line. though i do plan to have a try of tapered shock leader at some point soon

graham

Posted: **Thu Feb 17, 2011 5:03 pm**

by **fishbonkers**

andy1_i wrote:

ps how many of you are now measuring the distance between outstretched fingertips lol and seeing how tall you are

Exactly the way I've been doing it since the 1980s !!

Geoff

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