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Mr. Padgett of Eugene, Oregon, asks about bonefish:

What do you think of clear-tip fly lines for bonefish? If you could reduce leader length, would it be a significant advantage in windy situations?

July 16, 2002
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Q__What do you think of clear-tip fly lines for bonefish? If you could reduce leader length, wouldn’t this be a significant advantage in windy situations? Also, do you prefer a floating tip or an intermediate sinking tip?

Using a clear-tip line will not help reduce leader length, since it is the splash down of the line that often frightens the fish. Fly lines are thicker and heavier than leader, so you still need correct leader length. However, the clear portion does offer a distinct advantage: The fish often doesn’t see the line in flight.

I do not like sinking or intermediate tips for bonefish. Any bonefisherman knows you often have to quickly make a second cast after the first presentation, and a floating line allows a quicker backcast than an intermediate tip that has sunk underwater.

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I personally prefer a clear, floating line for bonefish. It offers the best of both worlds.

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