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Re: Dry Fly Leaders

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Wow, OK i just learned a butt load....which inevitably leads me to more questions.
-how again do you attach tippet to a furled leader? I think someone mentioned a rig? what type of rig? is it a knot? what kind? some sort of device like them little footballs some people use to attach fly line to leaders? does that affect the drag while drifting?
-how do you keep a furled leader when you arent fishing? does it just sit on your reel? Does it pick up kinks like cheeper store bought leaders? can you use a leader straightener on them? Do you leave it out?

please excuse my lack of knowledge but unlike the chinese proverb I would rather open my mouth and have people know im and idiot and attain what I want to know.

Posted on: 2008/5/5 21:02
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Re: Dry Fly Leaders

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The furled leader will have a small loop at the tippet end. Tie in what some call an extender. I find to loop-to-loop it works the best. If you tie a clinch knot for example, over time the extender may cut the loop of the furled leader because of the pressure.

For the extender I use @ 2, 3 or 4x depending on what your tippet size will be. Make the extender 6 - 9" long. Then you can tie in your tippet size and length of choice on the extender. I use double surgeon's. That way when you lengthen or replace the tippet you tie into the extender or the tippet you have left, not the furled loop, which is pretty tiny and can be tough to see on the stream.

Blue Sky furled leaders have a loop. Feathercraft furled leaders have a tiny metal ring for a loop. I use Blue Sky just because I started with them, have never tried a Feathercraft.

Furled leader stay on the reel just like any other leader. No kinks. No need to straighten. Supple and soft, never stiff. No rig of any kind.

Hope that helps. The action of a furled leader is just a bit different from the tradition leader in casting. IMO softer and excellent turnover. You will be amazed what small spaces you can put the fly in with a flip of the wrist. Great s-curves when you need them, curve casts, etc.

Posted on: 2008/5/6 8:19


Re: Dry Fly Leaders
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I have used furled leaders. I can't find it now, but I have a simple set of instructions for making your own. The only material you need is a piece of planking about 6 ft. long, 6 long finishing nails, a j-hook and drill or dremel tool.

Anyhow, I really liked furled leaders for all the reasons stated, but one of the negatives that has not been pointed out yet is when you get snagged, whether in-stream or in a tree. If you yank the snag loose and the leader gets stretched and then breaks free, the recoil of tension will make a temporary mess out of the furled leader and you will need to untwist it. Perhaps a minor inconvenience, but when you are in the trees as much as me, it makes you think twice about using them as a standard, all-purpose leader.

Posted on: 2008/5/6 9:42
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Re: Dry Fly Leaders

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Ok so i bought a furled leader. I forget the exact type but its an extra fine dry fly taper. It said to use and extender so i just rigged up a piece of five X to tie my smaller leader onto. Its probably not right but its been working.
One thing I have noticed is this. I often like to use a small piece of strike indicator at the bottom of the leader if im fishing smaller dries ( helps with the visibility). I have noticed that the furled leader is a HUGE mess when you remove the strike indicator and its a pain to get off.
that being said....I have cought a good twenty or thirty fish on it so far and I like the way it presents the fly. I guess Im a fan.

Posted on: 2008/6/4 8:32
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Re: Dry Fly Leaders

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How does it throw those Royal Humpies!!!??? I'll never forget the day at The Little Lehigh during a Trico hatch nonetheless you tie on that ridiculous royal humpy and you slaughtered them!!!!!!!!! You love the Humpy!!!

Posted on: 2008/6/4 15:31


Re: Dry Fly Leaders

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It presents the royal Humpy very well. If it didnt do that then I wouldnt use it. Not being able to throw that fly would be like not being able to use my right arm. thats half of my fly fishing arsenal.
Yeah I remember that day. The humpy is deceptive in its trout catching abilities. Its like a portly little ninja dancing along the riffles waiting for unsuspecting trout to fall into its trap!
It just goes to show you that there is no substitute for confidence in a fly. You could match a hatch but if you dont have confidence in your fly or your fishing then you will catch less fish. People underestimate the mental side of fly fishing.
mmmmmm...Humpy

Posted on: 2008/6/5 7:56
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Re: Dry Fly Leaders

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Your like the Pied Piper with that humpy!! Or better yet the Pied Humpy, I'll follow you into the Weser River!!!!!!!!!

Posted on: 2008/6/5 11:15



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