Tuesday, January 18, 2011

"Spey Leaders Coming Soon"

January 15, 2010
"Western Idaho Fly Fishing Expo Boise"

This year was a great show! The body of people that are passionate about fishing never ceases to amaze!

This years show was a great opportunity to have a meet and greet about our CutThroat Leaders Of Idaho with avid fishermen and women accross this great state we call home. When asked at the show would you like us to design you a "Spey Furled Leader"?

Michael Bantam of Dream Cast Spey casting had this to say. "Yes, I would be happy to demo out your Spey casting leaders. We could really use a good hand made furled leader for Spey Casting in Idaho. I have been hearing your quality is great from other guys that have tried your leaders." For more information on Spey Casting Lessons visit here: http://www.dreamcastidaho.com/

Mike Morin owner of cutthroat furled fishing leaders of Idaho was interviewed after the Fly Fishing Expo and had this to say. "This show was a huge success for my business. I met a lot of great people at the show and now have the opportunity to design leaders that have never even been on the market. I am just wrapping up design on the worlds first furled spey casting leader. I am also building and designing furled leaders for steelhead fishing which is also widely poplular here in Idaho." Check out more on our Thread Furled Fishing Leaders here: http://www.cutthroatleader.com/ or http://www.furledfishingleaders.com/ Thank you.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

"Are Furled Fishing Leaders Worth The Extra Cost"?


"Mike Morin Of CutThroat Furled Leaders Had This To Say When Asked The Following."

Are Furled Leaders Worth the extra cost?

I am often asked if Furled leaders are worth the extra upfront cost than standard mono leaders. The quick simple answer is YES! Because you can go an entire fishing season (I fish at least three days a week) with one leader if you keep it out of the trees/brush. Because all you have to do is make tippet changes based on the fly size / presentation you desire. One leader works for large fly’s and small fly’s and will deliver both size fly’s with unprecedented presentation. I was just recently fishing very large Salmon fly's and then switching over to small (size 20) pinks, with only a short length of tippet change. Both flys were presented to the fish with ease. If you are familiar with wind knots, then you know that never having to deal with another wind knot in your leader is worth the additional cost alone. Not to mention the amazing presentation you get with Furled Thread Leaders.
Think of all the money people spend on their fly-fishing gear, yet they want to save a few bucks on the one element (minus the fly) that actually helps you catch fish. Also the built in stretch from the weaving process makes for amazing tippet protection. Smaller tippet equals more strikes. For the small investment of purchasing a thread-furled leader from CutThroat Leaders, you gain a fly fishing experience that is unmatched with inferior types leaders. If you want to invest the time, effort and cost of building your own leaders, have at it, it is a great past time and will only add to your enjoyment of fly-fishing. I have personally woven thousands of leaders; I have learned (by trial and error) what works and what doesn’t. There are other people out there offering thread-furled leaders, but they are more interested in maximizing the number of leaders made per roll of thread. (this drives their cost per leader down), but also makes for a less desirable leader. Yes, the leaders may be less costly at the initial purchase, but in the end, they are of less quality. I use more thread in my leaders than my competitors, why? Because it makes a better leader. I am not concerned with getting as many leaders out of on one spool of thread, I am concerned with producing and selling a leader that is the best dry fly leader you have ever used with.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
sales@cutthroatleader.com or

Thank you,
Mike Morin
Cutthroat Leader Co.

"Bringing Furled Leaders back to the Forefront of the Fly Fishing World"

Mike Morin
Subject: CutThroat Furled Fly Fishing Leaders.

CutThroat Furled Fly Fishing Leaders Of Idaho!

Bringing Furled Leaders back to the Forefront of the Fly Fishing World
by Mike Morin of CutThroat Leader Co. (22-Jul-2010)

Furled Leaders were originally invented many centuries ago, but are currently making resurgence into to the fly-fishing world. Years ago furled leaders were created out of horsehair and or plant fibers that were stripped and dried. Furled leaders of yesteryear began their demise when new materials such as tapered monofilament and nylon, which is mass-produced and is inexpensive, became so popular.

What is a furled leader? It is a leader that is made up of one or two (depending on method of leader building) pieces of material, which is woven and loped at various lengths. The overall length of material can range between 85 and 120 feet. A furled leader typically has three distinct sections. The upper “Butt” section which attaches to the fly line, this section is the thickest section typically containing 18-25 strands of material. The mid section is typically comprised of 12-20 stands and the tippet end section normally has 4-8 strands. The tapper is woven into the leader so there is no definite step down in material thickness, it happen very gradual during the construction process. This creates a leader witch is very smooth yet very flexible unlike monofilament or nylon.

Most fly fisherman are either not familiar with furled leaders, or understand their amazing qualities. I will simply state that the fly presentation you get with a furled leader is amazing and needs to be experienced to be understood. How many of you fishermen have experienced this scenario… Risers are happing all around; you continue to make fly changes as nothing you throw evokes a strike. In the frenzied state of multiple fly changes, you inadvertently end up with an extremely short tapered leader. You are then left with the decision, do I simply try my luck and cast again, or do I take the time to tie in a leader / tippet and possibly miss the end of the hatch? Furled leaders are manufactured with various types of leader ends, which facilitates easy tippet changes. Also, if used correctly, one furled leader can last an entire fishing season.

The aspects of marketing and constant bombardment from various manufactures of not only sporting goods, but also every type of good are relentless. Who would have guessed twenty years ago, that we would be watching bottled water commercials on TV, or even ads for “little blue pills” for that matter. When one finds themselves in the fishing department, they buy what they know, and most only know tapered mono. We are creatures of habit, whether it is fishing the same hole that you caught that monster brown in three years ago, but haven’t had a bite since or it is buying a product that you always bought simply because you have always bought it.

Like so many aspects of fly-fishing, personal taste and experience rule the day. If you ask around, you will inevitably receive many different responses to the question…
“What do you think of furled leaders”? Many from the younger generations will have no or very limited knowledge on the topic, unless of course they have a truly seasoned fly-fishing mentor in their lives, “if only we could all be so lucky”. Many older fly fishers who have previously used furled leaders, but not since the “new and improved” tapered mono leaders hit the shelves back in the mid 60’s might say ‘Why go back to the old furled leader when I can be using the new and improved tapered leader”. New and improved is in the eye of the beholder, and in the case of leaders, the beholder is the large manufactures of inexpensive monofilament and nylon.

Those who have been educated about the amazing qualities of such leaders prefer thread Furled Leaders over any other material for their dry fly fishing. Thread leaders have no memory! None! Therefore, they create much less drag on the surface of the water. They cast great and land with the most gentle of lay-downs. Thread leaders have built in stretch, which allows the use of extremely small tippet. Thread Furled leaders are constructed differently (no hollow core) than braided leaders which do have tendency to create unwanted over-spray after the cast. Threaded Furled Leaders create No! Over-spray. Your casting and presentation will be improved.

CutThroat Leader Co manufactures thread leaders that have been through a water proofing process that all but eliminates the leader from picking up unwanted water spray. These Leaders float high on top of the water surface creating a back-cast, which lifts easily off and does not disturb fish below. Your forward cast will deliver your fly with such a presentation that you will in awe.

CutThroat leaders are created with UNI-Thread. The basic leader is created with a butt section comprising of 25 threads, a mid section consisting of 17 threads, and a bottom section consisting of 8 threads. This creates a natural taper without knots. You can pull these leaders through your hands and never feel the joints from one section to the next. Therefore they create a much more natural drift compared to other leader material. Never have wind knot issues again and as mentioned previously, they have amazing built in stretch that protects your tippet. Your casting and presentation will improve tremendously!

We offer Threaded Leaders in 0-3wt. , 4-5-6 and 7-8 wt as these are the most common trout lines. Myself along with other satisfied customers have landed huge fish on the 5-6 leaders using only 7X tippet. The Leaders ability to provide durability, strength and stretch will surprise even the most seasoned angler.

We also offer a Nymphing Leader with a built in strike indicator. This leader is waterproofed from the indicator to the fly line end loop. This creates a length of leader, which rides high on top of the water, which gives one the ability to read the water currents and detect subtle strikes that may have previously gone un-noticed. Simply tie on a piece of fluorocarbon tippet for delivering the fly down deep.


See you on the water…….
Mike Morin

"Why Choose Furled Fly Fishing Leaders"

Why choose CutThroat Furled Fishing Leaders Of Idaho?

1/12/2010 "Mike Morin"

Boise Idaho U.S.A.

I have been building and using furled leaders for years. Here at CutThroat Furled Fishing Leaders we are constantly modifying and upgrading our manufacturing procedures. We currently use Loon Outdoors Products to water proof our leaders prior to the furling process. This now creates a leader that has amazing floating characteristics. This new process creates a dry fly leader that floats like a cork and all but eliminates over-spray.
The leader will attach to your fly-line via a standard loop-to-loop connection. Think of the tapered furled leader as an extension of your fly-line, "a fly line like no one you have ever used".
When you get stream side, apply your choice of floatant to the dry fly leader and you are ready to fish. After you have landed a few fish (when hooked, the fish will bring the leader underwater), simply re-apply the floatant.
We offer small 2 mm tippet rings that are made specifically for fly fishing leaders. They have no sharp edges that could cut the leader or the tippet. These rings are so small and light, the tippet end of the leader actually floats. We also offer the shorb loop tippet end. Some seasoned fly fisherman prefer this method as it eliminates the hinge scenario that some think occurs with the rings. I use both systems, they each have their own benefits.

The casting presentations you can achieve with Thread furled Leaders are unmatched by any mass produced leader out there. They simply have to be tried to be appreciated. They are also cost effective. One leader can least an entire fishing season, which makes Cutthroat Leaders very cost effective. I have some buddies that fish the same leaders for months on end, fishing weekly. Just make the required tippet changes and you will be all set.
I am always open to answer any questions I can. Please feel free to contact me via email and I will do my very best to get back to you quickly as I can.

Thank you,
Mike Morin

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

What is the best weight Fly fishing rod for me?

One of the biggest choices, besides the "action" of a fly rod, that anglers have to make when fishing around for fly rods is what weight of the rod they want to get. And by weight, we're not talking about how much the fly rod itself weighs! Instead, we're talking about what fly line weight the fly rod is designed to properly cast. While a fly rod can indeed cast any fly line weight, using a fly rod that is designed for a fly line weight of 4 with a fly line that actually weighs 7 will make for a very long and frustrating day on the river. Thus, it is imperative that the fly rod match the weight of the fly line you will be using.

Well, that's fine and dandy, but the problem remains, then, what fly line weight should an angler use then? The answer to that, happily, is quite simple. It all depends on what you will be fly fishing for! Once you figure that out, the weight of the fly line you will be using will quickly fall into place - thus making it easy to figure out what weight fly rod you need to get.

So, let's get started figuring out how to determine what fly line weight you want to use.

Fly Line Weight 1-3: Smaller trout, panfish, other small fish. Used when casting small flies on short casts.

Fly Line Weight 4: Small to medium sized trout and other similarly sized fish. Used when casting small flies and medium sized flies using short to medium-short casts.

Fly Line Weight 5-6: The most versatile of the line weights. This line weight fishes well for all but the smallest and all but the largest trout. Also performs adequately for smaller bass (not the lunkers in some Florida lake). Fishes well when using small, medium and larger sized flies (not massive streamers, though). Allows for longer casts yet performs short casts fairly well.

Fly Line Weight 7-8: Designed for very large trout and large bass as well as some saltwater species. Used for pitching large streamers and large flies. Longer casts are excellent. Not the best for short casts. And most definitely not designed for smaller fish and smaller flies.

Fly Line Weight 9-14: Large fish territory. Mainly used for saltwater fishing and fishing for Salmon and Steelhead.

As always make sure you use a proper furled fishing leader such as http://www.cutthroatleader.com/