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Im leaving from work to go fish and am wondering if WalMart sells Tapered Leaders? Anyone kow?

I called them the girl had NO CLUE what I was tlaking about!

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So fa it isnt loking good, might have to go outta my way on the way....I called 4 stores and none have them....(so they tell me)

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if you cant find any just use straight tippet or buy a spool of mono. its not so bad if you are casting short distances or chucking huge flies.

ive never tied my own "tapered" leaders but i have used a 2 different size monos or flourcarbon tippets to make a leader.

maybe u could find some small spools of ice fishing line at wal mart. like 12lb, 8lb, and 4lb and tie them together in 3 foot lengths using a blood knot to fashion up a ghetto rigged leader.

just a thought.

sometimes when im lazy ill use a old tapered leader that ive worn down to 3-5 feet in length and then tie 4-6 foot of tippet on it.

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Ahhh....I'll just hit the fly shop. Its not THAT far outta the way.....I like the 8.5ft 6X leaders, I should get some tippet as well.....I have a feeling it'll all be worth it when I set into the fist fish on a sz.16 BWO Emerger! wink

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If you are in Oakdale, why not just hit Gander on the way?

I was leaving from work in Eagan....I went to River Falls and hit Lunds...great deals on flies there....cant beat a Copper John for $1.

I fished the Rush and was somewhat dissapointed, there was a good hatch of about a sz. 18-20 grey dun, I missed more fish than I can remeber in recent memory! I was sweeping emerges and had prolly 10 fish hit that I missed! I missed at least 8 rises to a #16 Grey Dunn, and had SEVERAL fish refuse a #18 Adams! the fish seemed to be VERY VERY picky for this early in the year! I also noticed a several of the fish I caught had red marks onthe outter lips from being caught MANY times already this year! The highlight was a fish I hooked into WAY WAY down stream between a log jam and a cut bank it was BIG fish, I saw its wake shoot out from the bank and HAMMER my sweeping emerger, he broke me off in about 2 seconds......BUT I know where he lives now! I will be after him next time im there! Beware Mr. Hookjaw!

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Got it wooduck. Thanks for the report. Good luck going after Hookjaw next time. It's fun learning the location of a big fish and start targeting them as individuals. I pursued a fish for three years back in 2000-2002. I had him hooked once but never got him in hand. I figures he was 24"+ the last time I saw him. I like to believe he is still there. That's why I go...because it's fishing and not just catching.

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