A Tip from the Seventies – Make your own Leader Sink Paste

We Fly Fisherman spend good money on commercially made ‘Leader Sink Paste’, to de-grease our leader and tippet, thus ensuring that our fly leader sinks quickly. Why not consider using the old methods and make your own leader sink paste?


Fuller’s earth is a fine clay material in powder form, that has the capability to de-colorize oil or other liquids without chemical treatment.  The cost from your local chemist is negligible and a small box will last for years. Just mix a teaspoonful of the powder with washing up liquid until it forms a smooth paste.  Use this paste to keep your leader sinking and when the paste goes solid, just moisten it with water or saliva to make it usable again.

Tight Lines

John, the Silver Fly Fisherman


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