Friday, July 19, 2013

Furled leaders

I was curious about the advantages of furled leaders so I decided to order a few from Ben at Arizona Wanderings.  After casting a bit with his 5 and 6' leaders I was really impressed with how the leaders turned over and the fact that they didn't kink or wind back on themselves.  The added advantage of having a tippet ring for easily changing tippet was also another real advantage.  I had experimented with braided leaders a couple of years ago, and I was not impressed.  The loop to loop connection for leader to fly line and leader to tippet just resulted in too many loops and would often cause casts to curve off target.

So I fished the 5ft leader with my favorite small stream rod (Cabela's custom glass 5'9" 3wt).  The leader was a dream to roll cast but was a bit long for the tight quarters on some of the small streams I fish.  So I decided to jump in with both feet and build my own 48" leader.  After doing some research, I built and jig and found a leader formula to start with.  After going through an entire spool of 6/0 uni thread, I finally managed to get the hang of winding the leader, getting the tippet ring on, furling the leader, and tying it off with a shorb loop.  I'll be messing around with these some more, building several length leaders for different waters that I fish.  If you haven't tired a furled leader, I would recommend you give it a try and see whether you like them too.

48 inch furled leader using 6/0 olive Uni thread

5 comments:

  1. Mark,
    I have never used a furled leader, but have used braided leaders for years. The issue I have with them is they can be a bit to long.
    Perhaps I try the furled ones.

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    1. Brk trt - next time we meet I've give you one to try and see how you like it. I've been using a 4ft leader and it's just the right size for a 5-6 ft rod.

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  2. I gotta try one of Bens leaders.. I know he will make any length/weight you want. even ultralight stuff. I've been making my own witha drill for the last few years, but the twisting method seems more susceptible to wind knots, where, if I remember right, the furled ones didn't do that as easy. I used to get them made by Kathy Scott years ago, then she came out with a DVD on how to do it yourself. I'm not sure if she still makes them, anyways, it's been years...
    Did you like using the tippet ring???? I always thought that to be a weak link, maybe just nit-picking, but I always thought the ring formed a hinge, not properly rolling the tippet smoothly. let us know how it all works out, I'd like to hear someone else' opinion. Thx

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    1. SY - I'm no expert but it seems if you overwind them they will kink and twist on themselves. The ones Ive bought from Ben and the ones I'm made don't do this. I've had no issues with the tippet ring and it removes one loop to loop connection which I think contributes to a curve ball effect when casting. I use a blood knot to the ring which made a stiffer connection point, maybe that helps...

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  3. Try www.streamsideleaders.com
    They can make a leader for most situations and have a larger color selection than any one.

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