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What Brand of Butt material and #  do you like for fresh water use.

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I usually like to go with the most supple....helps maintain loop size and thus...distance(but beats me...could've been the Ol' Wives Tail), sections go .017, .019, .021, .023...that was in the early 70s, when I first bought my Orvis box of small spools and knot-pamphlet...   Umpqua seems to fit the bill...but there are plenty of leader material brands..  I admittedly have been lazy in just using all supple diameters with a supple tippet(and section prior to the tippet), so I have no knowledge as to what a stiffer butt end will do to a supple tippet end.  A less stiff butt end seems to keep the loop from enlarging...emphasis on SEEMS:D.   Sometimes I'll start speculating where I'd be if the time I spent studying flyfishing stuff, back in 6th-9th grades...wasn't more devoted to hiring college guys to teach me algebra, trig and calculus:unsure:.

However I think I can be safe in saying that the improvements in leader material(nylon and flourocarbon) have been significant as in outstanding!

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# - Depends on your line weight. Your butt needs to be able to turn your line over. Brand doesn't matter all that much as long as there is continuity (no hinging). It's better to oversize than under-size.

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Butt, Butt’s and Butt’s

For clarity I fish 4 wt, 5wt 6 wt, rods for fresh water fishing in New England.

I need a butt material for the range of lines I fish?

Also, brands of material have different characteristics like supple, semi stiff and stiff.

Im just trying to narrow down a butt selection to a good brand, type and thickness # suitable for the gear I use. I know what I want the butt to do, I just need to know what to buy!

When I usually buy a new fly line I have the shop put a butt on it, I never ask what butt material brand and size was used. After several seasons of use I find my fly line can use a new butt.

I do appreciate any and all replies!

 

 

 

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2 hours ago, Stick said:

# - Depends on your line weight. Your butt needs to be able to turn your line over. Brand doesn't matter all that much as long as there is continuity (no hinging). It's better to oversize than under-size.

correction

I meant to say turn your "leader" over

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Try this: 

 

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maxima

Maxima-10lb-Chameleon-100M-Line.jpg

 

2/3 the diameter of the fly line. do the math

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I stopped using butts, I make a small loop out of the very end of my fly line, whip finish it nice and tight then super glue the whip.

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I was thinking something different I think when you said butt. I call my butt section the first section of my leader. For the line to make a loop connection if I were to use mono I would use 25 lb give or take. I personally weld a loop on my line if there isn’t one but generally most lines I buy already have a loop.

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THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR INPUT!

Rio has recently came out with a BUTT line in large spools.

Three different sizes are available.

One size covers 4-5-6 weights.

RAY

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