STS Guiding: Logo

!! WorldHost Recognized Business !!

STS Guiding:WorldHost Recognized Business

This business is dedicated to making a difference so that each customer will receive a warm British Columbia welcome, friendly service and an invitation to come back again.

Fraser Valley Angling Guides Association

News & Updates

!!! Jet Boat Seminar !!!

New - 2018 Dates set

!!! Sturgeon Seminar !!!

New - 2018 Dates set


New - Sept 2015

!!! VIC's BLOG !!!

Updated Weekly

!! Feature Articles !!

Added Jan. 15, 2012


Media Release: Jet Boat Maintenance - Article by Vic Carrao

Added Jan. 02, 2012

Sponsored by

Pro Staff for

Links & Articles

Leaders and Tippets
by Greg Leche

Leaders and Tippets are an essential role in fly fishing. Your standard leader is usually 9-12 feet in length. But certain situations will call for longer or shorter leaders. For example when fishing Chironomids using the floating line technique. Leaders up to 30 feet may be used. Sinking lines on the other hand call for much shorter leaders. An example of this would be fishing leech patterns down deep. A leader anywhere from 2-6 feet will do just fine. The reason for the short leader is so that your fly line is at the same depth as your fly. With a longer leader, your fly would ride up, thus not being in the zone where active trout may be feeding.

Never tie a straight piece of mono as your leader on a floating line. Especially if you are going to use a long leader. Always use a tapered leader. These leaders are available at all fishing tackle stores and cost about $4 each. You can also make your own tapered leaders by starting with a 3 ft. butt section of 20lb test, followed by 2 ft. of 15lb and then 2 ft of 8 lb and then 3 ft of 4 or 6lb line.

Use a nail knot to connect the butt section to your fly line. You then add what is called a tippet. A tippet is roughly 1-3 feet long. When changing flies you are only losing a bit of the tippet and not your leader. When your tippet is to short, add a new one. A tippet is best tied to your leader by using a double surgeons knot or a blood knot.

Thanks and Good Luck
Greg Leche
For More Great Articles, please Click Here

Home | Contact Us | About STS | FAQ | Recipes | About Mission
Salmon | Steelhead | Sturgeon | Trout | Seasonal | Corporate | Fly Fishing | Fly Patterns
Rates | Links & Articles | Photos | Weekly Blog | Seasonal Report | Fishing Gear Reviews
Hell's Gate Jet Boat Tours

If you encounter a problem or broken link, please contact the Webmaster.

© 1998 - 2018 This site built and maintained by
STS Guiding: 20th Anniversary

To Book your next Guided Adventure Please Call:
1 604 671-FISH (3474)
Toll Free - 1 855 223-5453
or Email:

Receive the
STS Guiding Service Newsletter


Feature Article

Past Features Articles

Fly Fishing Articles

Salmon Articles

Steelhead Articles

Sturgeon Articles

Photo Gallery

!!! Sturgeon Photos !!!

Updated Juy 2015

!!! Saltwater Fishing Photos !!!

Updated July 2015

!!! Jet Boat Tour Photos !!!

Updated July 2015

!!! Fly Fishing / Trout Photos !!!

Updated July 2015

!!! Salmon Photos !!!

Updated Dec. 08, 2013

Mission's Fraser River Makes Top 10 Canadian Fishing Destinations

Media Release: Fish 'n Canada Top 10 Canadian Fishing Destinations - #4 Fraser River, BC