Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Our Hi-Vis Nymphing Leader is quickly becoming the most popular leader around for fishing smaller beadheads, emergers, nymphs, etc. Reason being, it casts so perfectly.  I was recently out doing some R&D on a new High Sticking Leader we are working on.  My 9yr son wanted to come along, so I set him up a rod already rigged up with our Hi-Vis nymph leader on it.  I was casting upriver, and fishing a similar style that George Daniels often talks about, tight Line nymphing with a sighter.

My son was casting his 5wt, rod with our Cutthroat Furled Hi-vis leader and he was hooking into fish after fish.

After about the 4th fish he landed, I decided to sit back and watch what he was doing.  Up until this point, I was actively fishing utilizing a high stick method.  Yes, I was catching fish, but I will admit I was being out-fished by my son.   He would make a short cast up river, about 25 feet.  He would throw one mend in the line and simply watch the indicator.  Line mending with a furled leader is so much easier to do because of the surface stick a fueled leader has.  Once the indicator showed any sign of movement, my son would simply raise his rod.  Often times, there was a fish on the end...

These leaders have become favorites of many fishing guides across the states.  Reasons, they are easy to cast, they DO NOT spook fish and they indicate the most subtle of strikes.  What else do you want from a indicator leader?





















Image of our Popular Hi-Vis Nymph Furled Leader.


Below are a few fish from some guides that use our leaders almost exclusively.



Monday, January 25, 2016



















Video Link: click Here for Video!

For fly fishers that use furled leaders, applying the paste floatant is a no-brainer, but for anyone new to the furled leader game, we have created a quick video.  This vid shows how to apply floatant to our ever popular Ultimate Dry Fly leader, but the same process is used for treating our Hi-Vis nymph leader as well.  (only treat the Hi-Vis section).

If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. mike@cutthroatleader.com

We have many F.A.Q's on our website about furled leaders as well.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Do you use Tippet Rings while fly fishing

Do you use Tippet Rings...?

I often get asked this very question.  We handcraft and sell 10's of thousands of furled leaders every year.  Most of these leaders are sold with tippet rings.  We use 2mm on trout leaders and 3mm on steelhead / salmon / larger species.

Are all Tippet Rings equal.... NO!
There are so many companies importing cheap tippet rings and selling as high quality online.  One clue to if your tippet ring is a good one or a bad one is this.  The material that makes the rings shall be the same diameter.  If your ring is somewhat flat, (not cylindrical), you have a bad ring,  You want a ring that is perfectly round.  If the ring is somewhat "Flat", the tippet will be cut....

Like much in life, you get what you paid for.  We sell 10 rings for $6.00.  comes on a safety pin which make attaching to tippet that much easier.  Tie it on before you remove the ring from the pin, less lost rings.

We put micro tippet rings on about 80% of our Furled Leaders.

We do not use rings on leaders for very strong / heavy fish.  Yes, the ring will work for a bit, but after some time fishing heavy tippets / fish, the ring will begin to damage the leader and eventually break the leader.

We do manufacture reinforced leaders and use rings.  The material we use for reinforcement has a very high tensile strength and abrasion resistance.  Therefore the ring does no damage.
reinforced leaders link.




Monday, December 14, 2015

Cutthroat Leader Gift Certificates

This time of year, we often get asked about gift certificates.  Yes, we do offer gift certificates to the public.

We offer them in amounts of $25.00 and $50.00.

$25.00 Link

$50.00 Link


Whether you are a multi-year returning customer or you have simply been thinking about giving a Cutthroat Furled Leader a Try this Season, our Gift Certificates are great gifts.

Forward this post onto any family / friend whom might be buying for you this season.


If you have any questions at all, we are always here to answer them.  Feel Free to contact us.
208-559-4788
mike@cutthroatleader.com

Thursday, December 10, 2015















Each month, we send out a news letter to our loyal customer base.  The last one of the season gives Cutthroat Leader customers the chance to win a Hand Crafted net from Snake river net co, for any fly fishing related picture sent into us.  We do a random section from a hat, (a.k.a. computer program).

The link to the news letter is here: Link to News letter 

We are also reaching out to any fly fishing clubs in the USA that have annual fund raising gatherings/meetings.  The best advertising for us is word of mouth, the more fly fishers that use our leaders, the more fly fishers hear how great they are.  It is a win win for everybody.  So if you know of fly fishing club that has upcoming annual meetings, please pass this onto them.

Using the coupon code 2015 at checkout will also save you 20% off the purchase until the end of the 2015.

We are looking for great things to come from 2016.

Thank you to all that have help make 2015 a true success.











furled leaders

Friday, December 4, 2015

Don't let the cold and wind keep you off the water.















I made a trip out to some local waters yesterday.  The temps were supposed to be heating up…  predictions were for Low 40’s.  I jumped in my rig, made the drive into the canyon.  The drive in quickly tipped me off on what the days conditions would be like.  My rig was getting blown all over the road.  Wind Drifted Snow was blowing all around.  Turns out, we were having wind gust up to 50 MPH…  tough conditions to fly fish in.
Because I made the trip, and I had plans to fish today, I decided to suck it up and make the best of it.  The first hole I came to had another fisher in it, good to know I am not the only crazy one.  We exchanged funny looks of skepticism about how the day would unfold. 
Moved down to the next decent spot on the river.  Got geared up, hiked down to the water’s edge….  Some fish were actually rising.  Not many, but a rising fish is a fish that can be caught…   I initially intended on swinging streamers, but because of the riser, my first fly was a small BWO.  My casting was not pretty, but I was able to get the fly to the approximate spot I had hoped for.  A few strips, and my fly was in the lane.  It took a couple of presentations, but eventually, that fish eat my fly.  The day was a success.  Now any additional fish were simply going to be the frosting on the cake.
I moved around a bunch, trying to evade the blowing winds.  I found no locations that proved to be unaffected by the persistent winds.  I gave up on dry flies and hooked a few on small streamers.    It was a quick day on the water, only spent about 4 hours fishing, but all in all a great day. 

I typically love winter fishing.  Small crowds, hungry fish and snow covered banks add a sense of quite  and calmness to it all.  With about five decent fish brought to the net, it was a decent day on the water.  The extreme wind made for some challenging casting.  

Caught fish on BWO's on a Ultimate dry fly leader and streamers on our Big Bug Leader.