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Furled Leader

Dragons tails?
Articles are fun to write -but you're very reliant on whatever the writer's opinion is (at least that's what I thought when actually writing an occasional article..). Here's what I was taught about ta
Leader making
Nothing like leader making to complicate the otherwise simple. Being the minimalist that I try to be I've learned there's no real need to make this difficult. I simply use a five to seven foot furled
Giant poppers...
There might be a better way... Most that I know quit making giant poppers - instead they make giant popper heads with a hole in them so that you can slide a bite tippet through them - then tie on your
A Curmudgeon Moment
color me curmudgeon, moderately In truth many of the new materials and right now patterns are great to look at and often very realistic. Some bugs I see posted on the 'net look alive, make you reach f
January Flies from the Vise
Kimo I really like the Finesse worms About some insight on how you tie them. Just a furled dubbing loop. Got the idea from Jay Zimmerman's new Bass book. I also have one of my smallie pics in the
Promising weather report
Poopdeck I'm doing the same thing, spooled the jigging rod and put fresh leader on the tip ups. I use a inexpensive plastic kids sled with a plastic storage box and my auger bungeed to the top. Need r
Christmas brookies on a coyote streamer
I like to use streamers for native brookies. I use a larger gap barbless hook. IMO they cant get the hook that far in their mouth so 99% of my hook sets are right in the top of their mouth. As with mo
Bling Midge
5-6 in my limited experience, yes on indicators.  If drift boat in use.   Hope McFly will ring in, because I am curious if advances in leader tech allows a larger tippet strength.  Had
Giving Feather Emporium a second chance?
No need to apologize to me ever. The diverse and differing opinions of others or the responses to my opinions do not offend me in the least. You would have to cross my leader to begin to offend me.
VersiTip question
You posted the pics while I was typing; I would just tie a loop in the butt of a long leader and connect to the WF.
skagit for spring creeks / small trout streams?
If you can roll cast 30ft you got it knocked on small streams, that is true enough. But Spey casting hits it's own on medium and large rivers with back cover IMO. I've never been able to roll cast my
Perfection Loop
The Perfection Loop is an amazing knot for making loops on monofilament fishing line or nylon leader.  It is strong, and makes a beautiful knot!  Its small, and goes through guides pretty ea
Full Sinking Line in Heavier Weights
Me too, fly fishing over other types. But I don't fish sinking lines at all.  I've fished water as deep as 12 feet or so, by using that long of a leader/tippet.  But all my fly lines are flo
Nice Christmas Gift
For anyone looking for a nice gift - Bass Pro Shops has two special edition Hobbs Creek Fly outfits on sale now for $69.97. These are 4 pc rods (either 8' 6" for a 5 weight or 9' for an 8 weight). In
Crappie fly fishing
The depth thing maybe an issue. My only non wff lines are a 7wt sink tip and a 10wt intermediate. I was thinking about trying a hopper dropper. But maybe I can gain some depth with two weighted flies,
Partridge Feathers
Hey Joe !!! Seems like it's been a long time since you posted last. Are you still making furled leaders?   If you are, there might be some people on here willing to trade you the feathers you wan
Yes, I'm still tying furled leaders
Furled leaders. Your choice of colors, depending on availability from my supplier. I make them in 3’ – 5’ – 6’ & 7’ lengths. I don’t believe you will find
November Flies from the Vise
Bimini, have any rubber legs or spinnerbait skirt? It makes great worm flies if it's furled, one up front and one in the back.
Wooly Bugger Twist
I think he is talking about twist in the leader/tippet, not the tying thread.   Is the new hackle stiffer? Stiffer hackle is more wind resistant and that can cause a fly to spin on the cast/
Shackleford Banks and Cape Lookout...
re: fouling and current induced undulation that insinuates "life" and suggests the predatory notion to "eat me"... sometimes compromise can be a good thing... Over-lining, shortening th
Tenkara is just for little fish...
Nice catches on your tenkara. I always like discussions on leaders but the distinction between a furled leader and a simple twisted leader has blurred over the years where everything is now called a f
Tie fly so it floats just below the surface
If you want to fish a pattern like a midge or other small pattern just under the film, use the greased leader tactic/technique. I put fly floatant on the leader and tippet to float it BUT I do NOT tre
Show Us Your Tube Flies
The goal for this topic is to share what we know and have discovered about tube flies. A place where we can learn to use the basic components, techniques, and materials. To rig a tube fly, simply thre
Show your bench
World headquarters poopdeck bait and tackle. This is not a dedicated tying area since I like to be mobile with my tying stuff. I do everything from flies to furled leaders, lanyard making, saltwater p
Carrie Stevens style
Noahguide if you plan on fishing these, 2xl or 3xl are better. Although 6xl is true to the original style tying, the longer hook gives the fish a mechanical advantage to spit the hook. To get a long
Cortland "MICRON" fly line backing
Just about all dacron lines can be spliced (although they're not quite the same as "hollow core" lines which are actually designed to lay flat on when wound on a spool..).  The classic method use
Went nuts and ordered an HMH Tube spinner vise
Thanks fshng2 ! It's pretty smooth and I like the tapered pins.   I use the junction tube right now. I also have some Polytube, in the medium and large sizes the hook will go right into the tube.
Bass fly line question
I have the Rio outbound short full sinking like it quite a lot. I also used a sa titan taper which I also like. I have an sa sonar intermediate for my 4wt it's a fantastic line if I had to pick one li
Sculpin fun
Most sculpin patterns for trout up unitil a few years ago when big, segmented models with tandem hooks became fairly common were tied on single hooks. By reducing hook size -- down to 8, maybe 10 -- a
ID-ing Mystery Fly Lines
I came across a few new points -- fro me at least -- since my first post.   From another site a guy said to use an empty toilet paper spool to hold your line on small scales.   From AAFTMA t
DO NOT absentmindedly.....
My last bonehead move was chatting with my buddy while rigging at the car and getting distracted while making the loop-to-loop connection of a fresh leader to my line. I must have not looped the leade
Homemade Shanks
I have used .032 stainless safety wire. Got it from a friend in aviation maintenance along with a pair of wire twisting pliers. It is a little soft compared to leader wire but once twisted it seems to
tiny fly questions
Small dry flies? Two words,  Davidson River. In North Carolina there is a trout hatchery about Brevard on the Davidson. I routinely fish 26 and 28 sized dry flies. There are many trout over 20 in
Dropper Fly?
Think yourself lucky you can get away with one fly. Here, on the lochs, three is the norm. With four being as common as two. The flies work together as a "team". Often the fish will come to one but ta
September flies from the vise
Thanks! The hook is a generic terrestrial, size 6. The tail is a furled piece of peacock colored diamond braid. The wings is a bit of congo hair The body is a couple of rubber legs wrapped around the
Interesting you mention dat vicente...ever caught an eel or a cutlass fish in the salt. At first a jolt then they seem to "back up" if you will then make short runs/head shakes and the fight came to
My fly spins when cast
I make 10 casts right handed, then 10 casts left handed. This straightens the leader out.   And with some flies it's just not possible to avoid completely. Like spiral said, it's wings to the sid
Going to spend 500.00 on a pole. Orvis or llbean brand. Opinions pls
What's important is that you like your new rod and you have confidence in your rod, Please don't be offended by this but I dislike the myth that spending lots of money is a must to be able to fly fis
The value of the roll cast
Well the wet test definitely changed things. I Got some good casts but a lot of weird ones too. I think for one thing the overall leader is too long and I'm punching the rod too hard. Can't tell if th
Feedback on Micro skagit heads / commando please
There is also a video of the same guy using a 7 1/2' fiberglass 4 wt rod with a 175 gr Commando head and a 5' floating tip to shoot dry flies across a decent size river with ease. The most interesting
Maggie valley Trip report.
But in similar conditions, both trout and Bluegill (Sunfish in general) can be equally easy to catch ... or equally difficult.   Absolutely true.  I've had days in high mountain streams
is tenkara catching on?
 I have too much money invested in Sage rods to drop a couple of hundred dollars to buy such a simple get up. My chief problem with it is simply that it's too much like fly fishing I already
YouTube video links
William Tedrick has one of the best videos for making knotless tapered furled leaders for bass bugs using Power Pro line but the technique is good for all size furled leaders..just google Fishtales- a
Wanna do the EuroOrBust swap...
the gray leech material is an eyelash yarn,tail is furled .more yarn is tied on by the bend and is back wrapped 2times around the tail then wrapped forward  the other pink one has the tail melted
howdy all
Nice ties. I would venture to say your skills have exceeded your expectations. My flying ants has hit it's final evolution. I use 20 lb saltwater leader for legs. Hook shank length. 4x tippet for ante
Rigging For Pike
When I go up to Northern Ontario, I'm in the same situation.  The lake's known for it's walleye and smallmouth but it does have a good population of pike.  My main target with the fly rod is
Do you see it, too?
I think if you could take one of those Orvis in house fly trainer rods and line and hook it to a taser so every time you got careless and threw a wind knot into the leader or allowed a tailing loop yo
thoughts on floatant
Can't see myself ever using, let alone carrying white gas with me. What a nightmare if you ever got any on yourself, your clothes, or on your gear, and I assume it'll destroy fly line and leader mater
Colorado Trip!
So heading to Colorado from the 8-18 in July. Staying in a place I think called buena vista and around park Estes or something like that. Not even hitting the stocked waters, wild fish only! I got woo
Real Mystery, Mystery Reel
Right now -- as currently set up -- it holds 100 ' of  thin .30" Orvis running line plus about 100 yards of 20 lb backing and it just clear the pillars..   New development.  I just talk
I have used Ambush lines for years on my Trout Spey and SH rods.  In my collection is 4wt through 8wt. These are not made for delicate presentation of dry flies,, the lines are more Skagit taper
Snake Fly
Yep they work great on a fast sink line with short leader too.
A question of weight
some natural materials absorb a lot of water and will sink fairly well without additional weight being added to the fly--rabbit fur or "zonker" strips come to mind, as does Ram's wool. There is a kind
First time out with the new spey rods
For our setups it's the Anglers Roost 12ft 5/6wt blank. I spoke to Steve Godshawl about what head to use and I went with his suggestion for the head which is the Rio 23ft 400 grain Skagit head, then t
5wt vs Carp - Knife to Gunfight!
Ha!  Now THAT'S a fishing video !!! What a monster of a fish !   5 weight rod ... but what strength leader/tippet were you using?
New 9' 7wt
They are amazing. I am definitely hooked now! I landed this fish on a 15ft leader that dropped from 14lb mono, to 8lb, to 6lb test. A little brown chunk of foam trimmed to the size and shape of a pie
Kreh/Harro/Byford knot ?
Vic ... this knot doesn't "close up hard".  It's a way to leave a loop on the end of your line.  Since I don't tie flies on with a loop, I've never tried this knot.  For loop to loop co
Rod handles
Steeldrifter is right on the money (and I'll tell anyone to avoid those rods with a second "fighting grip" up above the regular cork grip since they're an invitation to a broken rod, period..). Yes, y
I have a jig hook ?
that tumble action might be a trigger on some occasions when nothing else works. True, but it can also twist your tippet/leader into a furled mess.
Giant Carp on 5wt!
I have never caught a Carp on a fly rod before, so I wanted to give it a try. Last time I went on the San Juan River I saw quite a few carp feeding on the bottom in a shallow section of the river. 
Hi from the Bozone!
Don here.  Live near Bozeman, MT.  Stumbled onto this site years ago and promptly forgot about it before registering.  Typical!   I've never sat down with a tyer without learning s
Fly line choice
And a furled leader from Crackaig goes lovely on the barrios too.  
Barrel swivels
I don't know anyone who uses rings except on furled leaders, however I do often use swivels when indicator fishing in stillwater. It's common practice here in the west to use a small swivel while indi
Those throwing articulated streamers for trout
I run a 7-9 ft leader like 2.5-3 ft of each material 20lb mason, 20 pound maxima, 2x tippet. Works well for me if I need something finer on the end I just add another section of tippet. I usually fish
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