Tapered leaders are better for fishing and are not really harmed by practice unless you pop of the end. Knotted tapered leaders work fine if you can tie good knots, furled are better for fishing, IMHO. Better to do that in the yard than lose a working fly. Yes there is likely to be minor pain, frequently in the back of the head, from a 1/32 oz. piece of metal regardless. One of the reason I wear brimmed hat is it protects the ears from the sun and the fly.
Originally Posted by jimp
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