How Do You Make a Pike Fly Fishing Leader?

Fly fishing is a rewarding and challenging sport that requires the use of specialized equipment, including a pike fly fishing leader. A leader is a length of monofilament line that is attached to the end of your main line.

It allows you to cast farther and more accurately than if you were to use just the main line alone. The leader also serves as an intermediary between the fish and your main line, which prevents the fish from biting through it.

When choosing a leader for pike fly fishing, you should consider its strength, length, and tippet size. Leaders come in different strengths, with 0X being the strongest and 8X being the weakest. You should select a leader that is appropriate for the weight of your fly and for the type of water you are fishing in.

The length of the leader will depend on how far you need to cast your line. Typically, a 9-foot leader works well for most pike fly fishing applications. Finally, tippet size refers to how thin or thick your leader is; smaller sizes are better for trout or panfish while larger sizes are better suited for bigger game fish such as pike.

Once you have selected an appropriate leader, it’s time to attach it to your main line. This process begins with tying an arbor knot at one end of the leader material.

This knot is used to attach the leader material to your reel spool or backing line. Next, tie a loop knot at the other end of the leader material; this loop knot will be used to attach it to your fly line.

After tying both knots securely, run about four feet of your main line through both loops until everything is connected properly. Finally, tie an overhand knot at each end of the connection point; this will help keep everything secure during casting and reeling in.


Making a pike fly fishing leader can be done quickly and easily with basic knots and some knowledge about leaders’ strengths, length and tippet size requirements. With this information in hand, anyone can craft their own custom-made leaders that provide extra strength and accuracy when out on the water.

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Michael Allen