Gathering of the Clan

Furled leaders
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Author:  Buxtehude [ Thu Dec 14, 2017 5:14 pm ]
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I've been using furled leaders for about 5 years now and I cannot imagine going back to the multi-knotted tapered leaders that were the regular (and single) option for many decades.

I've been very pleased with those from both Blue Sky and from Clear Stream.
Each firm supplies uni-thread furled leaders in 6 ft lengths...but, make sure you get those made with the tiny ring built-in at the tip.
So much easier and time-saving to live with and the only stuff you add is the tippet (your call for the size and length of the tippet mat'l you add easily ... tied to the ring, with a simple clinch knot.
They roll cast and handle short and long casting easily.
Some have complained that they hold and spray water when casting in delicate situations...I haven't found that to be an issue...but I'm not all that persnickity either.


Author:  Dr. Trout Bum [ Fri Dec 15, 2017 1:40 pm ]
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Also a big fan for dry fly fishing, though I do very little of that. They are very useful when fishing small VA stream for brookies.

I anticipate that after moving to San Antonio, I will have little use for them, as most of my fishing for trout will be on the Guadalupe River in the winter, which will be tiny midges fished deep.

Author:  Gene L [ Fri Dec 15, 2017 9:22 pm ]
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I think they'll straighten out a cast better than a non-tapered leader, but I do think they spray a bit. I tend to curve a cast to the right for some reason and the furled leaders straighten this out.

Author:  Buxtehude [ Thu Dec 21, 2017 6:15 pm ]
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If you cast too "side-arm", you will be inclined to have your casts go awry regardless of what sort of a leader set-up you use. Ideally, the line and leader should gracefully extend, straightened out, just above the surface, and then settle gently as a feather. That may explain why your pal, Jim, catches more fish than you do.... aside from the fact that he never handles the oars.


Author:  Further North [ Thu Dec 21, 2017 10:56 pm ]
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As I've wandered away from trout towards larger piscatorial critters...I've strayed from tapered leaders as a general rule...bass, pike and musky are often attracted by a less than subtle landing, putting me in a place where I' often run a 3-4 ft. section of fluorocarbon to 18" of wire....with a snap on the end...

Seems to get 'er done...


I hope that doesn't get the purists in a tizzy. I like purists, and I don't want them to aswirl. I learn much from them and admire their dedication to preserving tradition.

I did make several of my own furled leaders for smallies when I'm fishing hoppers and other big terrestrials late summer and fall, and really liked them...but even my furled leaders lacked delicacy often being made from 8 lb. test and up.

Author:  Colston Newton [ Thu Dec 21, 2017 11:35 pm ]
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Is that an alligator?

Author:  Buxtehude [ Fri Dec 22, 2017 2:14 pm ]
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You are looking at the reason that the males of the northern native American tribes never went "skinny-dipping." This is true, not a made up behavioral detail. Sociology includes many such interesting details


Author:  Further North [ Sun Dec 24, 2017 8:39 pm ]
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Colston Newton wrote:
Is that an alligator?

More than one WI resident calls 'em "gators".

...I'd offer that if they got as big as a real alligator, not much would be safe in the water.

Author:  Doug G [ Wed Dec 27, 2017 8:08 am ]
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FN: how do they taste?

Author:  Dr. Trout Bum [ Wed Dec 27, 2017 11:53 am ]
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Like chicken?

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