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Well we are in the season of heads on the rivers for steelies.
Just wondering what length of leader/tippet others are running.
I have never found steelies to be very leader shy.Generally on my fast sinking heads I will use a short 25lb butt and go straight to 10 or 12 tippet.
On a very " technical" day, I might run an intermediate section in there.
Usual length is 36 to 48 inches. No sense putting a long leader on a sinking line and have it float up and out of the strike zone.
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Leader length

The further away from the Ocean I go the longer the leaders...yet rarely over 3 feet of straight 12-20 Lb..depending on Water Clarity. If these fish bite onto 6" palstic Pink Worms 3 feet away from 4" of Dark Lead:confused: then small diameter co-polymer isn't a concern! I have had Fresh Steelhead hit my Orange Connector (Loops Type 3) several times to a point where I now use a black Magic Marker to disguise the colour.
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Depends on conditions, but if underhand casting with lead-head flies then can be 20ft. But usually that's only when its warmer
 
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