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Mbates

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Ive been trying to tie some Euro Nymph leaders, I have sighter tippet and everything else I need but I have a few questions. Has anyone tried tying a dropper loop then putting you fly on the tippet via clinch knot onto the dropper loop? I know the regular leaders do the tag ends of blood knots but I hate having to slowly clip away at the tag end when changing flies. Whats the best way to be able to change flies but not waste as much tippet.
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SenecaHiker

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Look up "Euro Nymphing Leader Formulas - Modern Instructional Video" by Lance Egan.  There's a short video on youtube that is pretty helpful.  You can buy the DVD or digital download of the video "Modern Nymphing - European Inspired Techniques" by Lance Egan and Devin Olsen if you want to spend the money.  I bought it last year and found it helpful.  I just bought a nymphing rod last year and am just getting into it, the video sped up my learning curve.

As for building your leaders, tippet rings are the way to go.  After building your leader down to the sighter material, attach a tippet ring onto your sighter line.  From there add 4'-6' of mono or fluorocarbon, then add tippet with a triple surgeon's knot and leave a long (12"-15" or so) tag end so you can tie a fly to that end and your long end.  A friend of mine ties a second tippet ring at the end of his 6' fluorocarbon, then ties two pieces of tippet off that ring for his flies.  Hope this helps.
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loops are typically a no no in euro nymphing.  They either cause drag if they're under the water, add weight to the middle of your line causing sag and reduced connection to your fly, or get caught in your guides.  Tippet rings may be the best invention in years in fly fishing.  Really helps the reduction of line in your leaders.  There's several different techniques of tie ins of your tandem flies in euro nymphing.  Do a bit of research and try a few out on the water and see what you like.  Even that, you may use multiple ones depending on your fishing situation.
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If you want a super simple tightline setup, take 40 feet of black 15lb amnesia and blood knot your sighter to it. 3mm tippet ring goes on the terminal end of the sighter. Attach your tippet and go fish.

As far as sighters go, the spooled sighter material is sometimes hard to see. A couple of 14 inch pieces of red and chartreuse 10lb amnesia blood knotted together makes a killer sighter. It almost glows even on overcast days with flat light.

There's no real need for a tapered leader. You don't even have fly line in the guides, so a roll cast or any other conventional cast isn't going to work anyway.

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Thank you all for your responses. It doesn't seem as complicated as I once thought.
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