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HI, Just wanted to know what type of fish you use these leaders on.... I fish mostly small to med streams in Pa..... for trout.....thanks

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Guys!

 

I haven't forgotten the pic's! I've been awful busy,and will get to them soon!

 

 

Joesmax,

I too am a small stream fisherman and think you'd be pleasantly surprised using furled leaders. As I said before: "they're the best kept secret on a trout stream. I make them various weights, lengths, tapers, colors, etc., and do so out of a variety of materials. Kevlar to sewing thread, there are infinate possibilities! Float em or sink em! No microdrag! Clean pickup! Turn over very long tippets! Long lasting! Easy to make! Cheap! No problem taking a steelhead on fly tying thread either (very strong)! The list goes on! Give em a try, but once you do, it's very likely there's no going back!

 

 

 

 

Toddfather

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TF - Finished my board last night and thru some trial and error made my first furled leader. What a hoot. headbang.gif

 

I'd really be interested in your formulas for number of wraps and how you shorten or lengthen the leaders, also any further recommendations as far as materials to make them with. The first one I made was with UNI 6/0 black, really looks great.

 

Have you ever tried waxed thread? Can you increase the size of the thread and reduce the number of wraps? Possibilities are endless.

 

Thanks for all your help and patience, it is greatly appreciated. Look forward to the finale.

 

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It would depend on the material used to make the furled leader. It might only be necessary if using a floating line and dry fly. In that case you want it to float high and dry and might want to rub it down with Mucilin paste or treat the leader with a liquid silicone like the material used to waterproof shoes/boots.

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Where was that thread or article I read about using Johnson's Wax Paste or Camp Dry to make them float. I think the "Camp Dry" was what they were referring to when they said "water shed." It's a silicone based water repellent spray used on boots, camping gear, etc. You can find it in the sporting goods/camping section or shoe department of Wally World.

 

I even heard someone say to use "Rain-X."

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I don't know about Rain X, I think some of the chemicals in there could damage a fly line coating. The watershed is just a liquid silicone used on boots, comes in a bottle with a dauber applicator in it to treat the boot. Just put some in a shallow glass bowl and put the leader in it, let it sit for a while and then take out and dry it in the air. This is inly for thread furled leaders and not mono. You can also use the same material to make your dry flys float, just soak them in the material and then let dry on a paper plate or towel, you can do this right at the tying bench, they'll never sink.

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TF - I know you've been busy but you think we'll ever get this finished. If the pictures are a problem just describe the wraps and final process. What do you do with the end as far as loops? etc.

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