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when putting your fly in the hook keeper the leader at the tiptop causes tight curling. I have tried everything to uncurl it, do you have any suggestions? Thanks
 

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A piece of rubber, like from a tire repair patch set works well at straightening out curls in leaders.

Put the leader in the rubber, fold over and pull the rubber down the length of the curled section.
 

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Don't know much about fly leaders (I closed the book on flyfishing after about 2 hours on the water) but I do know that Real Magic works pretty good at reducing line memory on my spinning rods.
 

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A piece of rubber, like from a tire repair patch set works well at straightening out curls in leaders.

Put the leader in the rubber, fold over and pull the rubber down the length of the curled section.

Solid old school tip without a doubt.
 

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Don't put the fly in the hook keeper. Make sure the entire leader is outside the rod tip, then bring the leader around the reel foot and hook the fly in one of the guides farther up the rod.
 

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A piece of rubber, like from a tire repair patch set works well at straightening out curls in leaders.

Put the leader in the rubber, fold over and pull the rubber down the length of the curled section.
I have a piece of inner tube about 1" x 3" that I keep clipped on my fishing vest just for that purpose. Works like a champ.
 

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Don't put the fly in the hook keeper. Make sure the entire leader is outside the rod tip, then bring the leader around the reel foot and hook the fly in one of the guides farther up the rod.
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Don't put the fly in the hook keeper. Make sure the entire leader is outside the rod tip, then bring the leader around the reel foot and hook the fly in one of the guides farther up the rod.
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But if you do get a kink... just a good pull usually works for me... I'll use a little friction from my hand... then pull it taught several times.
 

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I use a Dart Samadou. It's a fantastic little tool for straightening leaders when they come off the spool curly. I've had mine for 8 or so years. It would also work for the kink you speak of.

http://littleriveroutfitters.com/store/product.php?productid=17699&cat=0&page=1

The foam sides dry out wet dries, but flip it over and the leather sides are a great leader straightener. I have never used rubber like others have said, but I'm sure it works well too.
 

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I haven't either. That's why I have four kids :rofl:

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But if you do get a kink... just a good pull usually works for me... I'll use a little friction from my hand... then pull it taught several times.
 

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I will warn... too much friction from rubber/leather/hand can degrade the strength of your leader. Heating it up to get it straight is fine, but don't go overboard.
 

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I will warn... too much friction from rubber/leather/hand can degrade the strength of your leader. Heating it up to get it straight is fine, but don't go overboard.
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Just use your fingers
 
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