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    Posted: 28 May 2019 at 9:00am
Chuck! And you other Mack-on-fly fans, what leader material and test do you use for Spanish, normally? What would you use if you were targeting big Spanish in the 7 pound category? Thanks for any input, "30#" is all I've ever used for these fish, so far, on a fly rod.
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Hard to "target" big spanish, but I'd use the same leader that I use for small kings.  Use the smallest black swivel (I know this is not IGFA appoved) to your 20/25 fluro, 5 inches of thin wire (same as on a king rig or thinner, with haywire to fly.  

Big thing to remember, a 5lb and over spanish will eat small bait, but it'll  also eat a 10/12' shad.  If going deep over bait/structure, I'd use a fly in the 6/8" range.  

Good Fishing!!!  
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New myself to fly fishing, but I have heard what CH has suggested many times or a bite tippet of 40-60#, on a rig either set up with a floating line and a popper or a intermediate sinking line with say a Lefty's Deceiver 4-6", a Surf Candy fly, or clouser 4-6".

But if you are going for a bigger guy in the high weight 7+lb range then I would say up the size a little, maybe even try a chum slick like the guys down in Florida use. They use a chum block and toss glass minnows into the slick to get a bunch of spanish fishing around them.
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Thank you, fellows! I had an apparent opportunity on some big fish, and I knew my old 30# mono leader wouldn't suffice for the small-King sized fish I was hoping for. Excellent suggestions, and I will use them. Too bad excess wind got in the way of my initial try at the bigger fish. Thank you Chuck and olsaltydog.
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No problem, like I said I am learning this stuff myself.

I am just glad I am with a good group of guys willing to teach me and show me some things. If your a Veteran you should come on by the Healing Waters group.
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