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#12276606 - 06/03/17 09:54 AM thoughts on furled leaders?
Gamblingman Offline

Registered: 05/18/16
Posts: 44
Loc: Winona
I am thinking about buying a couple furled leaders, one for dry fly and one for wet.
Anyone tried them and then find out you don't like them?
Lets go fishing

#12276622 - 06/03/17 10:07 AM Re: thoughts on furled leaders? [Re: Gamblingman]
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Registered: 07/30/12
Posts: 1919
Loc: Gainesville [Callisburg]
Just depends on who you ask. I have thread ones from Cutthroat Leaders and some very nice ones out of mono. Personally I pretty much just use tapered 7.5' 3X mono leaders then add me a tippet ring. Some people love them though. I like them ok for fishing dries butt I very seldom fish dries.
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#12276913 - 06/03/17 02:10 PM Re: thoughts on furled leaders? [Re: Gamblingman]
txbassnewbie Offline

Registered: 07/02/14
Posts: 143
Loc: Flower Mound

This is the one I use when I throw big topwater flies

#12276957 - 06/03/17 02:36 PM Re: thoughts on furled leaders? [Re: Gamblingman]
Slow Drifter Offline
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Registered: 06/23/10
Posts: 793
Loc: CenTX
I used to make my own out of Duo Braid and everyone loved them, including me! For trout/panfish I'd use straight Duo Braid, for bass leaders I'd twist in a strand of 4# Trilene. I built the "leader board" from plans I found on the interwebs. My favorites were solid green and a green/tan "camo" pattern of Duo Braid. One strand tan, two green. For Christmas I used to spin up some red/white "candy cane" leaders as gifts. Two white, one red strand. They looked cool and still worked. Done right, they can turn over a fly very nicely. The hardest part was the tippet end. The only commercial ones I've tried were "White River," I believe. They were OK, but I could tell they had "hinges" in them that I couldn't detect with mine.

#12277319 - 06/03/17 06:59 PM Re: thoughts on furled leaders? [Re: Gamblingman]
Gamblingman Offline

Registered: 05/18/16
Posts: 44
Loc: Winona
Well it looks like I will be giving it a try.
Lets go fishing

#12277540 - 06/03/17 09:46 PM Re: thoughts on furled leaders? [Re: Gamblingman]
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Extreme Angler

Registered: 02/23/06
Posts: 1203
Loc: Richardson TX
You can hand twist them yourself, just call them up on YouTube.
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#12282268 - 06/06/17 10:29 PM Re: thoughts on furled leaders? [Re: Gamblingman]
flyfshrgrl Offline

Registered: 11/21/10
Posts: 301
Loc: Palmer, TX
Furled leaders make for an interesting conversation. How the fish is fought and what fish are being targeted are important points. Norm Goheen, our rod building instructor, used to say that furled leaders kept rod builders in business because they were the main reasons tip sections broke.

Fighting strong fish and big fish benefit from furled leaders provided anglers depend upon their reel and its drag system, not the rod, to fight the fish. In other words, after setting the hook, pointing the fly rod straight at the fish and letting the reel do what it was designed to do would benefit greatly from a furled leader. However, the stiffness of a furled leader puts too much pressure on the tip section when bending the rod resulting in a break in the tip section.

Here's to bent tips and happy days!

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#12288389 - 06/11/17 09:44 AM Re: thoughts on furled leaders? [Re: Gamblingman]
gray Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 03/23/08
Posts: 708
Loc: DFW
Very interesting post. I had not thought about it before. But, it makes complete sense. The same can be said about using braid with conventional rods and reels. That said, I have buddy on here that made and sold furled leaders. His name is robin rhyme. Not sure if he is still doing it. But, I like using them. They seem more durable and easy to use, since they have looped ends. That said, great post / point.


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