Wednesday, January 12, 2011

"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

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