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'Big Game' Twisted Mono Leader






Leo Gutterres of Stockton, California has been developing and promoting the use of Twisted Leaders for the last two decades.  Many of us gained a quick appreciation for these leaders on Tarpon trips to the Yucatan area of Mexico where they proved to be ideal on both baby tarpon and big tarpon.  This is a heavy-duty, specialized leader that is excellent for certain applicationsl  Over the years, they have become popular for many other fish species.

  • Large Mouth Bass in heavy cover and big, topwater flies.
  • Tarpon, redfish, snook, pike, and many others.
  • Striped Bass  (especially when huge flies and wind-resistant topwater flies are used).


  • Exceptional turnover - even with really big, difficult to cast flies.
  • Snock absorption ... a real strong point of Twisted Leaders - the helical twist construction of the leader excels at reducing break-offs.
  • Tough and Durable - Constructed with heavy mono.  These Twisted Leaders last a long time with occasional tippet changes.
  • Casts like a furled leader, but unlike furled leaders that are made with lightweight 2#, 4#, or 6# mono, these twisted leaders are constructed with heavier mono (20# test for most uses) resulting in a much stronger, nick-resistant leader.

Rigging Suggestions:

For many situations, a loop-to-loop connection of a straight length of tippet is the way to go.  Usually two to four feet of tippet is used.  Just tie a loop knot ( Kreh loop, Perfection loop, Surgeon's loop (twice-through or three-times-through), or Bimini loop).  If you are using 20# mono for the tippet, the break will occur at the loop knot of the tippet or at the fly and usually at 17 or 18 pounds if proper knots are tied.  The Kreh loop and the Bimini will test at or close to the breaking strength of the mono, these loop knots are the strongest.

Some anglers prefer to attach their tippet with a Surgeon's Knot (3 times through).  This connection is simple and strong.   

The loop at the end of the Standard Loop Twisted Leader is small, and can become even smaller when a good fish is caught.  Leader life can be extended by using a Surgeon's Knot (three-times-through) to attach the next tippet.

On baby tarpon trips, it is common practice to attach 40 or 50 pound test bite tippets directly to the twisted leader with a No-Name Knot.  The break occurs either at the fly or at the No-Name Knot and usually at 23 to 27 pounds.  This is getting close to the core strength of the fly line and is somewhat risky.  But we always take backup outfits and extra fly lines and I have yet to hear of someone losing a fly line.  

A similar set-up incorporating a class tippet and 80# test bite tippets handles the large migratory tarpon sometimes encountered just off-shore.

Useful Hints:

  • For weedy areas, coat the leader knots with Loon Knot Sense ...regular or UV.
  • Pinch the 4-strand butt loop with fingers to make a long, narrow loop.  Makes a neater connection.
  • Do the same to the tippet loop-to-loop connection.  A couple of pinches and bends with your thumbnail will both seat and streamline this connection.

Click Here to read an article on these Twisted Leaders.


Click Here for No Name Knot tying instructions.


Click Here for Kreh Loop Knot instructions ... scroll down page to Kreh.  For loop knot, omit hook.  


 For additional questions, please e-mail me at Quigs@usa.net or TwistedLeaders@gmail.com

Or call 415-272-4541






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