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This guy. Good to know when you're on the river trying to milk every inch of your leader and you don't have an extra leader in your bag.

I still use a double surgeons knot and have for over 5 years! Caught 15# carp on that knot, I agree that an extra loop is not worth the extra bulk you get from a triple.

I think I will try this blood knot with bigger tippets.
Ever try tippet rings?

Considering you can pickup a good knotless tapered leader online for less than a dollar and attach a tippet ring to tie on tippet, I'm not seeing the need to tie up leaders stream side unless you enjoy it.

I only used a single leader (w/tippet ring) per setup for all of last year. Tossed them this year, not because they were unusable, but just because I wanted a little more line visibility.

My $0.02 anyway.
 

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Blood knot away guys, seriously!

My point exactly. A well rounded fly fishermen should know how to build leader for the given species he/she is targeting
So I do know how to build a leader, but I don't do it practice 95% of the time because I find it less time+cost effective in most scenarios...

All I need to do now is fish for some carp and I'll be a "well rounded" fly fisherman??
 

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Others feel free to join in; don't be shy... Amusing for sure!


Please explain because that doesn't make much sense.
You're right. I failed to mention that I specifically target trout and that 90% of the time I'm fishing wet (whether a few inches or a few feet deep). For these conditions I find the setup I mentioned with the tippet ring a better choice for me.

I found that maintaining all the various lines necessary to hand tie leaders was more costly than a few tapered leaders + tippet ring + tippet. Time considerations are obviously subjective to the individual.

Finally, when using long hand tied leaders I find the knots introduce greater possibility for the line getting caught on rod eyes when landing fish; resulting in lost fish or potentially broken rod tips.

Maybe after I catch more carp, bass, etc. I'll find that a hand tied leader works best for me. When/if this day comes I'll gladly accept this knowing it makes the most sense for my fishing style and conditions. On the same hand, I will never let my fishing ego deter me from trying new techniques/technologies that when added to my toolbox allow me to be more productive on the water.
 
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