Can I Use Standard Line As A Leader?

I am having a hard time finding fly line leaders in my area. There seems to be a lack of any pro shops, or bait shops around that carry them. I wanted to find out if it is possible to use standard bass fishing line as a leader on my fly line. Are there any downsides to using this technique?

The short answer, is yes. You can get away with using monofilament or fluorocarbon line as a leader on your fly line. There are also a few downsides to using it, but if you aren’t able to find leaders, it should work for you for a little while.

The main difference between mono or fluorocarbon is the fact that it isn’t tapered, and isn’t really designed to help flip over the fly when you’re casting it. Leaders, on the other hand, do an excellent job of flipping the fly over at the end of your casting stroke, making it a more natural presentation on the water.

If you have a large Walmart or Target in your area, you may actually be able to find the leaders to purchase. However, if you’re still unable to, you may want to take the time to look online and order a couple spools that you can keep with you when you head out for the day. Fly line leaders perform much better than any monofilament or fluorocarbon that you are going to tie on. You can start by checking out Orvis, or reading a post that I previously added on bass fly fishing leaders.

If you have anything that you want to add to the conversation, or another twist on using mono or fluorocarbon as a leader on your fly line, definitely let me know in the comments below!

Until next time, tight lines from!

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