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.

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.

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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.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

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Friday, November 20, 2015

Happy Cutthroat Leader Co Customers.

Just Some pics of our extremely loyal customers showing off a successfull day of fishing.

Last week I posted about getting into some big browns with my son while mousing….  Needless to say, I have been tying mouse patterns as of recently.

So I am sitting at my desk and I hear my little girl say to herself 
"now, where is that whip finisher...." I Turn around and she is tying a deer hair mouse pattern... One I can actually fish with... a proud Dad indeed.

If you have kids, get them involved in your passion.  It will simply guarantee a fishing buddy later in life.  

We have been using our 36" nylon "floating" furled leader when throwing these big nasty mouse patterns.  A stiff 36" butt section of furled leader turns these heavy flies with ease.  My 9 yr son can drop a big mouse within inches of the bank, imagine what you could do...

Cutthroat Leader Company.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Fishing with my my son, Big Browns, Mice flies equal "Big" Fun....

I headed out yesterday for a day of fishing and messing around with my 9 year old son. I was not expecting the fishing to be great, but we were planning on having fun none the less.

The fishing was slow, very slow. We did bring a few to the net in the morning stripping small streamers. At this point in the trip, what my son enjoyed the most was watching the Brown Trout Spawning. Taking a break from fishing, we spent much time walking the river banks (without rod in hand) watching the browns do their thing. This gave me an opportunity to answer a few of the many fish spawning questions he had.

As to keep away from the mating browns, we moved to another deep pool in the river, but again the fishing was slow. We caught a couple more on top, but cold air and the wind was getting the better of my son. From where we stood, we could see some “BIG” browns swimming in the deep pool. They would come close to the top of the water column every once in a while, but never actually surfaced.

My son made the recommendation to throw a mouse pattern… How could I deny him his request. He selected the mouse pattern from my streamer box, and I tied it on. Up until this point, we were fishing dries and a dropper. (5 wt rod and dry fly leader). I tied on the mouse and made the first cast. Bam, a large brown exploded on the mouse pattern which was now only about 10 feet from us. I missed the strike but this sure got our blood pumping.

We ran back to the truck, put away the 5 wt rods and grabbed my 7 wt rod with a heavy top water “Big Bug” leader. This set-up made throwing big, wet, heavy mice patterns much easier. Also, I had 2x tippet to help turn such a heavy fly. A few casts later, another large brown smacked my mouse pattern. Now keep in mind this was about 3:00 in the afternoon with slight cloud cover. I never thought we would get so much attention using mice. Now this was fun. We missed a lot of takes, but we also connected with a few. I only had one heavy rod with me, so we took turns. A turn consisted of getting a strike or making 5 casts and retrieves. Needless to say, I was very impressed that my son could deliver a mouse pattern so perfectly to these fish. Being that we were fishing from the same general pool, this was great fishing. Now the same kid that was previously cold and chilled by the wind did not want to leave. My job as a fishing dad was complete…

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Fly Fishing with aging eyes.

So it has begun…  What you ask.  The fading ability to tie on a small delicate fly.  See, I have always been that guy, the guy with better than 20/20 vision.  The guy that could tie on a fly in the middle of the night’s darkness without use of a headlamp.  The guy that would often give my fellow fishing buddies a hard time about getting old, etc.

It all started a couple of weeks ago.  One of my fishing partners and I arrive riverside pre-dawn to catch the early morning hatch before a day of work begins.  The moon is still high in the morning sky. Waders are on, rods put together and the line is through the guides.  We both select what we think the fish will be hitting on first thing in the morning.  Small, 22-26 Trico flies.   
My fishing buddy hands me the fly of his choice and humbly asked me to tie it on for him as he knows with no natural light, it will be a difficult task for him to do.  I offer him a few jabs about getting older and eagerly take the fly from his fingers.  I begin to thread the tippet through the hook eye. After a few unsuccessful tries, I make note that the hook eye must be filled with glue.  While trying to clean the small hook eye, the fly falls to the ground.  Now, you can imagine this, two grown men, on hands and knees with head lamps a-blazing, looking for a size 24 Trico fly.  Not because the fly was so costly or took so long to tie, but because it could be the fly of choice for today’s fish. You never do know….

Not finding the fly, we select a different fly from the box, the tying on process begins again.  Ok, this type 5x tippet is much too big, let’s go with 6x.  After trying a few times, with 6x, we decide to yet again, clean the hook eye….  Many attempts were made, and we decided that the fish would not be able to see such a small fly in low light conditions, so I tied on a size 20…  It worked.
This experience of not being able to tie a fly on really hit me… I am aging, just like everyone else around me.  It is kind of funny how we recognize others aging process, but seldom see ours as clearly.  The day ended very well.  We hooked and landed many a fish that day, but not in early morning on a size 26 Trico’s.

Getting older simply means, we approach the water more wisely, cast with reason, achieve perfect presentations/drifts and catch many more fish than we did in our youth…  Fish on.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Dry Fly Indicator Leader

This Dry Fly Indicator Leader was first created for a loyal customer of ours that had failing eyes.  He loved throwing small flies to rising trout, but had no way of tracking the fly as his eyes were getting worse with each passing year.  Since that first leader was developed, we have sold thousands of this same leader design.  Many to repeat customers as gifts for their aging fishing buddies.  
The fisher is to attach 3-5 feet of tippet to end of leader.  You simply watch the general area around the tip of the leader, when you see a tail, or a swirl, really any water disturbance at all, you set the hook.  
This Furled Dry Fly Indicator Leader will quickly become a favorite of yours.  

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Cutthroat Leader Combo Packages

Over the years, we have been asked by many of our loyal customers to put together some Combo Packages to make buying leaders and accessories more easy...

We now have many different combo packages to make buying our products easy and more cost effective.
Below are just a few of them.  See the full selection at: Cutthroat Leader Combo Packages


Cutthroat Furled Leaders

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Cutthroat Furled Leader and New Zealand Strike Indicator is a winning combination.

I often fish with buddies or guys in the fly fishing industry of sorts.  Fishing in a group is so different than fishing solo.   As luck would have it, I had a break in my schedule, so I planned a quick trip to some local water to chase big browns.  When one fishes often enough, they will eventually have one of those amazing days on the water that we as fly fishers consider to be “Epic”. 

Arriving in the blackness of early morning, I got all geared up with that blanket of stillness and quite that only comes in the very early morning hours while in the wilderness.  No crickets, no bird songs, just the distant sound of water following its course down river.  I turn on the headlamp which makes stepping around sagebrush and boulders to reach the river’s edge a bit more forgiving.  After finding a spot riverside to sit, I wait until the sun peeks above the ridge.  Not able to see, I focus my attention to the subtle sounds that surround me.  Do I actually hear fish rising, or is that just my mind playing fish tricks on me…?

First light comes and I make my way into the shallow waters.  I move slow, very slow, as the darkness will still not allow me to see or track my fly for some time.  When the sunlight finally reached the waters that held my attention, I begin to hunt for heads.  My set-up is a short 7’-6” Bamboo 4wt.  I have WF fly line, a 50” Cutthroat Furled Leader and my 4x tippet stepped down to 5x.  The over-all tippet length is approx.. 6’-0”.  The fly of choice is size 22 Trico Spinner.  Approx. 16” above my fly, I have a very small orange New Zealand Strike Indicator.   The first couple of hours, I had the spot all to myself.  Lots of small Trico’s being sipped by big hungry trout.   I actually fished the same pool of water all morning.  The run was approx.. 75’ long and 8’-0” wide.  I first pulled fish from the upper section of the run and then made my way down with longer drifts and more fish.  Once I got to the end of the run (that I could reach from this position) I simply started fishing the upper section again.  I was able to hook, net and land fish after fish from this hole. 

This system of thread furled leader, the strike indicator and a small fly is absolutely deadly.  The furled leader lays down so gently / quietly and allows for unparralled mending for drag free drifts.  The strike indicator lands more gently then the fly, therefor there is absolutely no surface disturbance. 
As mentioned, I was fishing very heavily pressured trout on a very busy section of water.  My leader, tippet, indicator and fly drifted over the heads of these trout time and time again without putting the feeding fish down.  Casting was not fast and furious as I had to clean my fly of moss on just about every cast.  But taking the time/effort to clean my fly, dry my fly and achieve a proper drift paid off very often.  No I did not hook a fish on every drift, but it almost felt as if I did. 

This is my favorite type of fishing.  Spot, stalk, cast and catch.  If you fish small flies to finicky trout, you really should give this system a try.  Many fly fishes believe you need long (12-14’) clear leaders and tippets to hook large pressured trout.  That is so not the case, what you need is perfect Presentation, great drifts and a quite delivery method.  When those items come together, you have a truly winning combination.  

Link below.

Dry Fly leader:

New Zealand Strike Indicator System:

Mike Morin

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Nylon Furled Tapered Leader. Carp Leader, Bass Leader, Redfish Leader, Big Trout Leader

We at Cutthroat Leader co have added a nylon furled tapered leader to our bag of tricks.  
We are often asked for a leader that can deliver a dry fly to a rising trout, drop a streamer within range a hungry brown trout and fish well with a "bobber style"  indicator.

Nylon Furled Tapered Leader.

Our Nylon Furled Leaders are for the fly fisher that wants one leader to do it all. These leaders do work great. They will not be as memory free as our thread Furled Leaders, but they do deliver a fly very nicely. This leader will allow you to go from throwing dry flys to swinging a streamer and then fishing with an indicator. All on the same furled Leader. Lite/Med Leader has a breaking strength of approx 8-10 lbs. Med/Hvy Leader has a breaking strength of approx. 12-14 lbs. We recommend looped tippet ends only on nylon leaders as the ring tends to pinch the nylon and cause weak points.

Reinforced Nylon Furled Tapered Leader

Our Reinforced Nylon Furled Leaders are for the fly fisher that throws flys on heavy tippets (1x, 2x, 3x, 4x) and chases big heavy fish. The leader is made from premium nylon and extremely high tensile strength braid material. I have been chasing trout on these leaders over the past few months and the cast like a dream. They have none of the spring-back issues that many nylon furled leaders have. (if you get struck in the trees/brush). With that being said, this leader allow you to go from throwing dry flys to swinging a streamer and then fishing with an indicator. All on the same furled Leader. Lite/Med Leader has a breaking strength of approx 20+ lbs. Med/Hvy Leader has a breaking strength of approx. 25+ lbs. We offer loops and rings on the reinf. nylon Leaders.

see what some happy customers are saying...
The new nylon reinforced leaders are killer. Laced up the 50" on the 6wt and was impressed on the casting side immediately! And when sight fishing in the shallows this leader lands much softer. When the waters high the golds in close, presentation matters!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Tiny "Tricos" and Big Browns

The fishing was so good last trip out; I had to make another trip this past week.  

Same hatch, the “Trico” Hatch was on.  This trip took a little longer for the hatch to materialize, as the temps were much cooler than the previous trip. 

Same story as last week with one significant difference.  We needed to keep the fly high and dry.  After each cast, I would clean the fly of moss, dry off and re-cast.  Spending the extra time to prepare the fly to float high was the difference between hooking some fish and catching a load of fish. 

Above is a pic of the longest fish of the day.  The furled leader used was a 50” dry fly leader on the short bamboo rod and a 68” dry fly leader on my fishing buddies 8’-0” 3wt.  We had 4’-5’ of 4x tippet attached to leader with a 24-36” section of 5X tippet and fly.  

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Trico Hatch, fishing for Big Browns on small Flies

Trico Hatch, fishing for Big Browns on small Flies.

I often fish with buddies or guys in the fly fishing industry of sorts.  Fishing in a group is so different than fishing solo.   As luck would have it, I had a break in my schedule, so I planned a quick trip to some local water to chase big browns.  When one fishes often enough, they will eventually have one of those amazing days on the water that we as fly fishers consider to be “Epic”. 

Arriving in the blackness of early morning, I got all geared up with that blanket of stillness and quite that only comes in the very early morning hours while in the wilderness.  No crickets, no bird songs, just the distant sound of water following its course down river.  I turn on the headlamp which makes stepping around sagebrush and boulders to reach the river’s edge a bit more easy.  I find a spot riverside to sit until the sun peeks above the ridge.  Not able to see, I focus my attention to the subtle sounds that surround me.  Do I actually hear fish rising, or is that just my mind playing fish tricks on me…?

First light comes and I make my way into the shallow waters.  I move slow, very slow, as the darkness will still not allow me to see or track my fly for some time.  When the sun finally made itself present, I begin to hunt for heads.  The first couple of hours, I had the spot all to myself.  Lots of small Trico’s being sipped by big hungry trout.   I actually fished the same pool of water all morning.  The run was approx.. 75’ long and 8’-0” wide.  I first pulled fish from the upper section of the run and then made my way down with longer drifts and more fish.  Once I got to the end of the run (that I could reach from this position) I simply started fishing the upper section again.  I was able to hook, net and land fish after fish from this hole. 

I began the day with one small Trico, I was able to hook a few fish, but I knew that I was missing many more strikes than I could actually see.  I decided to tie on a small New Zealand wool indicator.  I mean small, the orange indicator was not much larger than my fly, but I could see the bright orange color from my casting position.  The adjustable indicator was set approx. 15” above my fly.  I was fishing a dry fly that I left untreated.  This means it was now beneath the surface of the water just a bit.  This was just the ticket needed to fool these heavily pressured fish.  The morning went as any fly fisher could hope.  Pick a fish, make a cast, hook fish, play fish, release fish.  Check fly / knots / etc.  Pick a fish, make a cast, hook fish, play fish, etc.  After about 8 fish were netted, A decent fish hit my bright orange indicator...  I quickly remove the indicator, tie on a easy to see BWO-parachute and drop my trico off the hook bend about 12-15”.  A few cast’s are made with the new setup and Bang, I pick a fish up on the BWO.  That makes me remove the Trico so I can achieve an even better drift.  A few more casts brings in a couple of decent fish on the dry.  During the course of the morning, I switched from indicator to dry / dry dropper/ zebra midge / Trico / Etc. 

It seemed if I was patient enough to check my fly and remove any moss every other cast, I was rewarded frequently with a strike.   As mentioned above, this was one of those Epic days on the river. 

Then after a couple hours of fishing, I heard the tell-tale sound of wading boots on the rounded river rocks of the bank.  I turn to see an older gentleman decked out in all the newest gear.   I let him know I would be there for the next couple of hours and he proceeded to move back into the brush to leave.  Not five minutes later, I see the man entering the water no less than 50 feet away from me.   Now, I have had my share of fish this morning so no fisher was going to taint this trip, but I was surprised to see this fisherman making his way into the water so close by me.  I continued to hook and land fish after fish.  Fish were rising right in front of the fisherman, but he was having no luck at all.  I myself have been there in the past, so I informed the man of the fly type and size I was using.  22-24 Trico spinners.    He said thanks and made a fly change.  He made a few more cast in his immediate vicinity, but the fish stopped rising…  He put them down with bad casts and unnatural drifts, simply put poor presentation.  

I was still fishing the same pool of fish with much success.  I noticed that he was getting closer and closer to me.   It seemed he took one step for each cast that he made.   At this time, he was now making long casts, much too long for anyone to get a proper drift.  Now he was putting my fish down.  Happy for the day I had and not wanting to end the day on a bad note, I made my way upriver towards my rig.  Normally I would be more outspoken, but this day had been great, and I had plans to leave early before I even got to the river.  I started the short walk upriver to my rig.  Like most fly fishers, I love throwing big dry flies when I can.  I remove the 5X tippet from my furled leader and tie on a length of 4x.  A large hopper pattern is tied on and fished it tight to the grassy bank.  Second cast gave me a decent brown.   I fished for a few more minutes, but in reality I spent much time watching this other fisherman who pushed his way into my hole and simultaneously put all the fish down.  No fish were rising… I so wanted to go give this guy a lesson in both fly fishing etiquette as well as fly presentation.   With only ten minutes of fishing, he shut the entire 75’ feet of water down.

I will fully admit I am not the best fly caster out there, but I was able to fish the same pod of rising fish for four hours, then this guy made a few bad casts and the fish simply stopped feeding.  I often get asked about our leaders spooking or scaring fish because the leader is not transparent…  The answer is a definitive NO; Cutthroat furled leaders do not spook fish.  Because our leaders land so soft and gentle on the water, you can make multiple casts to rising trout and never put them down.   Now if you make a bad cast and the fly line plops on the water with a loud slap, no leader is going to help you.

As I climb out of the canyon, I see a vehicle parked literally 2 feet from mine.  There is only one trail from the parking spot to the fishing hole, this means this guy had plans of busting in on me from the beginning.  I try not to get preachy about fishing, but guys like this really annoy the heck out of me.   They give many of the other decent respectful angers a bad name.  

In the end, I have a truly successful day on the water.  I will be back soon.   I can only hope the fisherman I encountered continued to have a rough day out there… Simply put, he deserved it. 

I was fishing with a 50" Dry Fly Furled Leader on a 7'-3" Bamboo Rod. 4'-0" of 5x tippet stepped down to 2'-0" of 5.5X trout hunter tippet.  The strike indicator system I was using was the New Zealand Strike Indicator.  This leader / tippet / indicator system is crazy impressive to fish when throwing small flies… 

Michael Morin,
Cutthroat Leader Co.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Using Cutthroat Furled Leaders during your casting Certification...

We have recently been asked by numerous fly fishers if our leaders can be used during Casting Certification through the Federation of Fly Fishers.  While I was at the 50th Anniversary in Bend Oregon last week, this very topic came up.  The answer is YES, you can use our Furled Leaders to take the test.

The only Leader requirements for the test is as follows:

Casting Instructor Performance Test Equipment Needed

(you must provide own)
  • Rod: 9' maximum
  • Line: #7 floating maximum
  • Leader: 7 1/2' minimum with yarn fly
Most guys that have taken the test with our leaders use a 68" (5'-8") dry fly leader and add tippet to reach 
the 7'-6" required length.

68" Dry Fly Furled Leader

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Father & Son Fishing Trip...

Early August, my son and I made the long bumpy drive to one of our favorite fishing spots here in Idaho.  The jeep was packed with gear, tents, and lots of anticipation.  We would be chasing Cutthroat Trout mostly, with the chance of a few Bull-trout and hopefully the opportunity to see some spawning Salmon as well.  Camden and I have been making this trip for a few years now.  Each year, we hike deeper into the wilderness and find better fishing holes along the way.  
Camden has been lucky enough to hook, and land many a fish.  Being 9, he still learning much with each trip out.  Whom am I kidding, I have been fly fishing for 20 years and I still learn something new with each trip.

The trip started out much like we expected.  Lots of eager fish ready and willing to take a dry fly.  The first couple of days brought many a Cutthroat and a few decent Bull trout to the hand.  Camden and I decided to hike another mile or so deeper into the canyon to fish some new water.  We found a beautiful little water fall dropping into an amazing looking pool.   A mellow soft-water seam along with the white froth line was our target.  To say we were both excited and eager to throw a line is quite the understatement. 

We entered into this new water far downstream as not spook any fish.  Right where we entered the river, we netted a few small trout at the tail end of this very large hole; the hole was about 75’ long.  After making a few casts without any action, we cross the river which put us into the optimum casting position.  I was teaching Cam about fishing the close water first to keep from spooking the larger fish holding deep in the pool.  The day was going just as any fly fisher would hope. Almost every good cast would end with a strike.  Not necessary a hook-up, but a strike.    Camden noticed that my fly seemed to attract more attention than his.  He asked if he could cast my line.  I hand handed him my rod… a quality handcrafted bamboo rod from Dave Dozer of Oregon.  I know Bamboo is extremely durable, but I will admit I was a little nervous allowing my 9 yr. old to cast such a rod.  He caught a couple good fish, 13-15”, he was all smiles.  Camden moved a couple feet upriver and made a truly impressive cast.  As the line and leader lay out onto the water, a huge strike was made.   Cam yelled in excitement, I cringed at the thought of my beautiful cain rod being mishandled…  Yet, I was thrilled to see my son hook into such a beauty of a fish.

Camden sets the hook, feels the weight of such a great fish and all his training goes out the window.  He starts yelling and asking for help, for guidance, for his dad to grab the rod and land this great fish…  As a dad and as a fisherman, what should I do?  Do I help him land this fish, a fish he will remember for years to come, or do I turn this into a learning experience and have him land the fish all by himself.   Hoping of course that he is able to get the job done. 
I quickly decide to give only verbal instructions about getting the fish onto the reel.  The excitement of big fish often plays tricks on fisherman…   9 year olds are no exception.  In all the excitement, Camden actually holds the fly line with his teeth in order to quickly get the slack line onto the reel.  Just as the line is on the reel and fish feels the weight of the fly fisher, the big Cutthroat makes a run…  Here I am on the bank making loud enthusiastic recommendations.  Let go of the reel, let him run,…  no, no no, reel, reel, reel…   OK, keep pressure, oh no, let him run, hands off the reel….  This same episode was played out a couple of times before the fish was within netting distance. 

Now my son Camden is yelling at me to help him net the fish.  Over the past couple of days, prior to this fish, Cam was getting some practice of netting his own fish.  I pondered, was he ready for such a test after only a couple days of practice.   Here we are, another teaching moment.   My son had the net tethered to his shorts.   Yes, the net was being pulled down river, but it was still connected.  He so wanted dad to net this fish, 1) because prior to this year, I often did, 2), this fish was BIG.  I jumped into the water, collected his net and handed it to him.  His facial expression said it all… he was stunned, proud, scared, and simply in awe, that dad was going to make him net this fish alone.  At this time I questioned my own sanity, but I wanted Cam to have the complete experience of catching a fish of this caliper.  While giving instructions, not to chase the fish with the net, don’t come from behind, etc, etc.

After a couple of missed netting attempts, Camden finally got the fish into the net.   During the immediate seconds after the fish was netted, we almost lost him again.  Between the weight of the fish and the net along with the current, the fish almost squirmed his way back into the river.  The past couple of minutes were such a roller coaster of emotions for the both of us.  I took the rod from his hand, placed it on the ground and gave him the biggest of hugs.  We snapped a couple of pics, (no great ones) and quickly got the fish back into the water. 
We sat, we smiled, and we stared out to the river, not much was said for a few moments.  I think we both understood that a milestone had just occurred.  Both a fishing milestone, as well as a special event between father and son. 

I know how lucky and blessed I am to have a healthy child that loves spending time in the woods with dad.  Being a nine year old, I am guessing this was simply a big fish in the mind of my son.  For me, this was so much more.

A big thank you to Dave Dozer from Bamboo Pursuits for not only building such a quality rod, but helping a father and son build such great memories.

Click Here to learn more about the Handcrafted furled Leaders used on this trip. 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Tippet Rings, are they any good...

We at Cutthroat Leader Co purchase 1000’s of rings per month.  With that said, we have been sent rings from just about every supplier out there.  I can tell you there is a big difference between various tippet rings available.  There are multiple distributors pushing rings on ebay / amazon that look decent in photos, but when you get them they are very thin…  Thin rings equal cut tippets. 

Such as in many aspects of life, you often get what you pay for.  Sure, you can find cheaper rings out there, but when one ring can / will last many trips out if not dozens, what is a few cents more per ring…?

Not pushing just our rings as there are other rings on the market available that are well made. Just make sure the cross section of the ring is equal to the thickness of the ring..  Think a piece of pipe being bent into a circle.   Having this same cross section all the way around the ring eliminates any weak points in the tippet knot / ring connection.   Jewelry rings WILL NOT hold up over time or on decent fish.  Also, Jewelry rings tend to be larger than 2mm in Dia.   I have been sent more than a few emails from fishers that have had bad experiences with jewelry type rings over the years.  

I use tippet rings on some of my personal Furled Leaders, but I also use the shorb loop often.  On my Hi-Vis Nymph leaders, I use the rings as the leaders are much stronger than Dry Fly Leaders so I do not worry about pulling the ring loose.  On my Dry Fly leaders, I use loops.  For one, the loop is stronger than the ring connection. It adds about 1 lb. of strength to the dry fly leader.  
On my streamers leaders, (for chucking meat), I use a swivel.  

I tell fishers to use the same knot they tie on a fly with to attach tippet to the ring.  I sometimes use an improved clinch on the ring and a standard clinch on the fly.  I honestly have not noticed any breaking strength difference between the improved or the simple clinch.  As with any fishing knot, having moisture on the tippet before the knot is pulled tight is EXTREMELY important. 

If you have any questions at all, please fee free to email me at mike's email

Thursday, July 23, 2015

We at Cutthroat Leaders are known across the country and beyond for our Trout Leaders, but our loyal following among Ocean Fishers is really catching on.   Check out our line of Furled Leaders for the Salt.

Ocean Leaders

Monday, July 13, 2015

We are often asked to to attach a furled leader your line.  Most new lines have welded loops which make attaching leaders very easy.  If you do not have a welded loop, or you choose to cut the loop off, you have a few options.

Our thread leaders can be attached with a standard nail knot.  I like to use only three wraps as if you use too many, the knot becomes BIG.  For fishers that have one dry fly rod and one nymph/streamer, rod, this system works great.

Another option is to attach a length of 20# nylon with a loop.  (on heavier lines, 7,8,9 wt, use 30# nylon.  First nail-knot the nylon onto the fly line.  Then you tie a perfection loop in the nylon.  I Prefer the length of nylon to be short (3-6"), yet others like a longer length (12"-16").

Hope this helps.

Friday, July 10, 2015

We keep hearing from fly fishers, guides and shop owners that our leaders are one of their best kept secrets.  Well, the secret is getting out.   Our Ultimate Dry Fly Furled leader is copied by many, but no one has been able to replicate the taper / turn-over/ presentation that we offer. Simply put, this leader will impress you...  If not, let me know and we will take care of it.  We stand by everything we sell with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.  

Why a Furled Leader....  Better Mending abilities.  Because of the grooves in the leaders, it creates a higher co-efficient of friction compared to that of tapered mono.  Therefor you can mend line and get great drifts like never before.  Because our leaders have no memory, they un-furl (open up and deliver a fly) just beautifully.  They do not smack the water, they come off the water quietly.  You can cast to a pod of rising fish over and over without putting the pod down.

If you have yet to try one, give your self a small gift.  No other small priced item will have such an affect on your casting / presentation as a Cutthroat Furled Leader.


Wednesday, July 8, 2015

My buddy Adam invited me along on a trip to Montana, we fished the Beaverhead as well as some spring Creeks in the area.

First day started out floating the Beaverhead.  We arrived at the put in early in the morning only to find many boats / trucks already there waiting to start their float.  We all decided that moving further down river would be best.  I would rather catch less fish and be alone, then catch many fish and be surrounded by other fly fishers.

We Caught lots of fish on the double dropper rig with our indicator leader.  I was using our 36" indicator leader with extender.  This system worked flawlessly.  The 36" furled nylon leader give the fisher enough energy to turn over an indicator and multiple weighted flies.  Having the 36" of adjustability was more than enough depth adjustment.

 The fly fisher simply ties his/her tippet onto the ring. and the your fly.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

                                                                                                                                                Gearing up and getting ready.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              We caught many fishing in this size range.  No true monsters, but all decent.
 The best fish of the day came to a dry fly.  We stopped to have some lunch.  While sitting and watching the water, we notice a decent fish sipping flies off the surface.    Our guide grabs for his dry fly rod and makes a few cast.  Nothing, the guide is quick to say the fish is put down and not catch-able.   I grab my rod with a 76" Ultimate Dry Fly Furled Leader, an a length of approx. 5'-6' of tippet.  I was using a larger dry as an indicator, then tied on a size 20 CDC-Caddis fly.  Small buggy looking thing.  I had a couple of drifts that went un-answered and then on the third cast, bang.... Fish on.  As mentioned our guide was eating lunch, so he was a little slow to the net.  I was fishing with only 5x tippet and that proved to weak for this fish in the current.   At least I got to fight him for a brief minute.  Good times.