B handle leaders
Posted 23 May 2012 - 07:55 AM
Posted 23 May 2012 - 10:02 AM
I personally prefer top and bottom to be about the same length with about 5 or 6 knots.
Others like the bottom short with one knot and the top long with many knots.
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Posted 23 May 2012 - 01:29 PM
I'd start by making the top leaders at least 8 inches long. At least!! Try for 10" if possible. And probably at least 4 inches of length on the bottom leaders. Oh, and these are the lengths you want it to be AFTER you finish tying your knots, so you'll want to start out with at least double the length you'll finish with, because each knot you tie will take away about 1/2" of length off the total.
When tying your knots, tie them from the handle forward, meaning start tying your knots at the end closest to the handle, and work forward. Tie the knots about every 1/4" to 1/2" or so, depending on how flexible your leader material is. I wouldn't bother measuring the knot spacing, but make damn sure that the knots are equal distance when comparing the left and right top and then the left and right bottom leaders - this is important!!
On the bottom leaders, I like to make my knots half the distance between knots compared to the top leaders. This way I can make half-step adjustments. This really is to my personal liking, and isn't necessary.
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Posted 23 May 2012 - 05:20 PM
First, for me, the spacing of 2cm was good to start with but I should've made it a touch smaller to account for line stretch.
Second, I used "Brickies Line" which has a bit of stretch but I didn't have access to any bridle line. They were ok for lighter winds but became a little spongy over that.
Third, it's not so much about the knots or how long your leaders are, it's more the differential you have between top and bottom. Some fly with a little brake, some fly with loads. I have about 12cm at the moment but I still play around with more and less.
Set your leaders up so you can play with it but give it a fair try before you change.
Hope this helps. Rob.
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Posted 24 May 2012 - 09:55 AM
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