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: Furled Leaders

05-21-2011, 06:21 AM
Just heard of them yesterday. Anyone use them? If so, what do you think of them? Do you use thread base or fishing line base?

05-21-2011, 08:06 AM
I use the Blue Sky furled leaders that are made from nylon mono. I like them best for trout fishing. I've tried the saltwater version on bonefish and wasn't all that impressed. The cross section is greater than on single mono so they present more of an issue in the wind. At least that's been my experience. One place I wouldn't be without one is on the tiny spring creeks here in Wisconsin. Many times when fishing these waters one has barely eight to ten feet of flyline outside the rod tip. In order to have any accuracy you need to get some load in the rod. Having the right rod, with a fairly soft tip, and a line that has enough mass in the front of the line are mandatory. For whatever reason, furled leaders seem make a big difference in accuracy in this situation. I'm guessing how limp they are compared to a single strand of nylon mono makes the difference. For those new to furled leaders, they are not the same as the braided leaders that once made some headway, and are also different from the twisted leaders now gaining popularity with saltwater flyfishers.

05-21-2011, 09:50 AM
Thanks for your quick reply. I guess my next step will be setting up a jig to build some and try them out.

05-21-2011, 10:43 AM
Making good furled leaders is probably a major project, I would suggest buying one to see if it's worth the effort, the book mailer, Gary LaFontaine's old site sells premium furled leaders in 150 different versions, I think that would be the easy way to find out what they're about.

05-23-2011, 04:01 PM
I'll sell you my factory made.