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.