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  1. On 7/18/2021 at 9:27 PM, danthebugman said:

    I've been playing around with different leader setups lately and have given some thought to trying out furled leaders.  This post just happened to catch me at the right time!  Couple of questions:

    1) Most of you seem to indicate that you are using relatively thick mono to start with (20-30 lbs) and it seems to be that this would result in a very thick butt section.  What weight setup are you casting these with?  I was thinking of making one for my 4 wt since that's the rod I use the most, but I was thinking of starting with something like 4 or 6 lbs mono.

    2) I wanted to put a tippet ring in mine like the first video shows, but on the finished leader his tippet ring looked loose in the loop that was left after twisting.  I have seen other furled leaders where the tippet ring looked like it was held tighter.  I imagine having the tippet ring loose like that would cause some problems with casting, but maybe it doesn't.

    Hi Dan - Question #1  4# and 6# will work with light/small flies but not well with any real weight on your leader (weighted/larger flies, split shot or indicators) I use 8# or 10# mono when I make mine which results in a butt section of 32lbs or 40lbs (4 strands).  The other half is 2 strands and will be 16Lbs or 20lb depending on what size you use.  I tie mine to a 5' total length with another 4' or more of tippet.  So 9' or more total leader.  Either of these sizes turn over beautifully on my  3 wt or my 5 wt.  The leader made from 10lb mono works better at turning over heavy flies and the 8lb mono is better for the lighter flies like dries or soft hackles.  

    As for question 2 I'm sorry I can't offer any advise because I tie my tippet to the end loop directly with a clinch knot.

    Their are many opinions about furled leaders vs a tapered leader.  Some of us love them and others not so much.   I think it really depends on what type of fly fishing and techniques you favor as to which category you'll land in.  My purpose with this topic was simply to let others know that you can make your own furled leaders without needing to set up a large cumbersome board.  These are simple, fast, inexpensive and anyone can make them.  They do have some shortcomings but offer the advantage of having no memory and a really long lifespan.   Make one with 8# or 10# mono and try it on your 4wt.  You don't need to add a tippet ring yet just tie the tippet to the end loop and have at it.  


  2. 2 hours ago, RickZieger said:

    Since I have not bought a rod for over 10 years the one in my hand.



    I'm with you Rick-  I only have a few rods but I use each of them often.   Despite wide variations of actions and lengths after a few acclimation cast I can usually get a fly pretty close to where I want it to be.  I enjoy each one for different reasons and best of all we have wonderful memories together just waiting to be recalled with every cast.

  3. I found a "left for dead" bamboo rod in an antique store near Sebago Lake Maine.  All but one of the guides was missing, it had a substantial set, the reel seat was badly pitted, the varnish was cracked and the cork was crumbling.  That said is was a nice size at 7' 6", approximately a 5/6wt and the bamboo was under the varnish in decent shape.   I bought it for $20.  Previously I had restored a 1945 -1955 South Bend 9' 7wt so I was pretty sure that this one was not beyond my skill set.  In the process of stripping it down to the blank and removing all the old varnish I never found a single makers mark anywhere so I have no idea who built it or where it was made.  I'm guessing from the old style reel seat and ferrules it was probably made somewhere in the 1960's.  Anyway I replaced every part on it for about $150 and 50 hours of time.  I fish this rod often and with a 5wt line it really shines as a roll caster.  She's not perfect but she also didn't cost 3 grand so I'm not terrified to bring her on the tight water I love to fish.

    Here is a before and almost after photo. My lap top's hard drive blew this week and the photos of the completed rod were on it.  I'll take some new ones of the finished rod and edit this post.







  4. 22 hours ago, WWKimba said:

    Nice tie!  I goota try this one out myself!  (it'll be a nice addition to a future NBC Swap!)


    Thank you- I just ordered a new nymph box and I've decided to fill it with new flies as much as possible.  I've gotten a little better at this hobby over the years so I'm trying to limit the amount of nymphs that I will transfer from the old box.  Here is the link to the fly I copied.


    22 hours ago, niveker said:

    Very nice, let us know what the trout think.  

    I'd love to BUT my wife and I are in the middle of a full kitchen renovation so until we reach a point where the kitchen is usable getting out to fish is tough.  That said, the new counter tops are scheduled for install on Friday and if that goes well I should be able to get out on Saturday morning for a few hours. 

  5. On 7/2/2021 at 2:11 PM, denduke said:

    Been making the heck outa them. Done changed most rods to them and experimenting with some short  furled tippets.   Got up to 25#.  You can feel the difference in the mono and fluro when twisting.  Wish there was a way to eliminate the Surgeon knot or they really would be slick.  Sure wish braided mono was available.  Could make eyes in them and might even plaid them together for knot free stuff...  Can dang near do the light line ones as fast as tying loops, joining  knots.  And like was said no memory and see the difference casting especially with the big and fluffy stuff.  I like to double the loop at fly line especially on serious stuff.  The leader loop bites/ chokes the running part of the loop rather than bottoming out and really deforming the loop mat’l...

    Furled leaders....Another amazing aspect of this stuff garnered from this site.  Did anybody mention sliced bread? 😛Thanks!



    I'm really glad you're enjoying theses,  I certainly like the concept a lot.   I only fish with a 3wt and a 5wt so I don't need the diversity that you have made.   I really like the way these leaders "feel" while casting.  I tie them with 8# or 10# mono to a total length of 5' and use about 4' of tippet and that seems to be the sweet spot for my rods.  I prefer to float my leader and not use an indicator.  If you work the floatant into the braid with your fingers it seems to hold on to it longer than straight mono.  

  6. 16 hours ago, mikechell said:

    I am not a fan of the "Climate change" brouhaha ... but the temperatures HAVE been rising/changing for several decades.  I don't believe that human input has caused it, but that it's a natural warming cycle.  Cold/warm cycles have been going on for the history of our planet, and we just happen to be in a warming trend.

    That said, the warmer temps are causing wildlife populations to shift their ranges.  It's causing grasshopper/locust populations to expand, as their preferred environment is drier, hotter than many other creatures.

    I'm 100% with you Mike.  We humans have been keeping climate records for about 200 years and the planet is billions of years old.  How arrogant it is of us to say what's normal.  12,000 years ago the north was under 2 miles of ice and now it's not and the fact is human activity didn't create the ice or it's recession.  "Climate change" happens on it's own and humans are powerless to stop it.  The inconvenient truth really is that "man made climate change" is the latest in a long line of boogie men crisis created to scare the ignorant for political reasons.  

  7. 16 minutes ago, SalarMan said:


    The first one I owned would hold a 10/0 hook but nothing smaller than a size 8. The next one was the opposite. It would allow nothing larger than a 2/0 into the jaws ala todays versions. What is the vintage of the one in the photo?

    George My vise was made in December 2019.   I remember reading post back during the introduction of the vise (late 2017) and people complained about the same issue.  HMH say's they're are on their 3rd generation of Jaws.  I don't know if my vise is 2nd or 3rd generation.  I do know that the 1st generation of jaws had a terrible finish on them and were apparently soft.

    Here's a photo that I dug up of an early model.  Notice the jaws are silver and on the newer models they're almost black. 



    For comparison here is my vise from 2019-


  8. 3 hours ago, vicrider said:

    Thanks a whole bunch DF. You got me hooked. Just raced to the site to order my pair. Guess what? Only available in 5 states and OK isn't one of them. TX is and we have friends in TX so I'll probably order a set through them since it seems like everything is doable on your own anyway. Years of shooting, motorcycles, and running heavy equipment before we realized the benefits of ear plugs has taken it's toll on my hearing. Like you said about music volume years ago back in the 60's and 70's a bar band was not loud enough unless you could feel the bass vibrate in you diaphragm, something I had back then.

    Thanks for the report and since I have no insurance help for aids (hearing that is) I am happy to see a company with Bose reputation challenge the ridiculous hearing aid prices out there.

    I've had my pair since may and no problems to report.  While nothing beats the original God provided equipment the Bose set works very well for me.  I certainly hope you have positive results with your set.  You could have them sent to your friend in TX and ask them to ship them to you.  Please let me know your feed back. 

  9. At this point I've tried 10# and 8# mono.  I like the 8# for small flies and prefer the 10# for anything weighted on my 3 and 5 weights.  I love that they don't have the memory of a typical mono leader. 

    On 6/27/2021 at 1:45 AM, denduke said:

    Made a few.   Loosing the fingerprints on my index and thumb....I

    Try wearing a surgical glove on your twisting hand, it will give you the extra grip your looking for.

  10. 2 hours ago, SalarMan said:

    I'll keep this short and simple...most impressive!!!  Both fly and vise.

    George here is the issue with really large hooks fitting in the LAW copies.  My vise will hold a #28 but when you start getting into the really large stuff the jaws will only open to a point where the outer jaw hits the inner jaw.  See the photo of my TRV below.  As an engineer I can say the solution is to lengthen the jaws which will increase the angle and span of the opening.   I'm guessing HMH and the rest of the copies are aiming their vises at the more standard size flies and longer jaws would cost more to produce. 


  11. Beautiful vise.  The Regal design doesn't work for me personally but that's not a criticism, it's simply that I learned to tie on a Renzetti traveler and other designs "feel" strange at this point.  Regal makes a high end quality vise and I believe your vise with the stainless jaws and bronze base is the top of their line.   Congratulations!

  12. 16 minutes ago, Toothy said:

    Does this mean that the grooves meant to stabilize larger hooks are just milled too deeply on the models they have?

    I know that I tried the really large classic salmon fly hooks Salarman sent me in my TRV and the largest did not fit.  Personally I never tie bigger than a #4 so my vise works perfect for me, however if you need to tie really large stuff I would say look elsewhere.

  13. For what it’s worth I have found wing wets very productive on heavily pressured Rivers. I think it comes down to almost no one uses them anymore and the fish on these rivers are very educated when it comes to all the generic nymphs that most anglers use.  Winged wets have caught fish for a few hundred years and they still work today but most people don’t know how to fish them correctly.  IMO they are most effective upstream but it requires a lot of attention to your leader and rod angle.  At times they work when nothing else does.  

  14. 2 hours ago, Noahguide said:

    For you interested New Englanders,

    The last time I was in Stone River Outfitters in Amherst they had a full slate of vises, including the TRV.

    They had moved into new spaces when last I was there (Christmas 2019, before COVID).

    They are at : 

    1 NH-101A Unit 1, Amherst, NH 03031

    (603) 472-3191

    *No affiliation, just information

    Stone River is a fantastic shop. I found the staff to be exceptional and I ended up buying a Fish Pond mini pack from them. I try to stop in anytime I’m in New Hampshire.

  15. 21 hours ago, Moshup said:

    Toothy thanks for the photos.  Based only on photos I’d go with the TRV.  If I were to purchase

    one I would want some hands on before I made a choice.

    Moshup I do know that HMH has had a booth at the Marlborough MA Fly Fishing show and there are several other vendors that have TRV's available.  It's an excellent place to try out almost any U.S. made vise.  The Talon being new and European my be more difficult to get a hold of.  I ordered my TRV straight from Jon at HMH and I can say I will never part with it.   I would love to try a Talon sometime (and any of the other LAW copies) for comparison.  The trouble is most if not all are made in Europe and the local vendors don't seem to have them available.

    21 hours ago, Toothy said:

    You're welcome! The TRV is an excellent choice.  Based on the other thread perhaps the TRV has a new jaw assembly... I did not care for the original finish (Thick, and black) that it came with so I beautified mine by removing the black coating and then blued it with a rifle blueing chemical.  In my opinion it improved the appearance tremendously.  It did nothing to improve the function however, which was already flawless. 

    Nathan I'm just curious were you able to try out a Talon somewhere before you purchased it?  Your obviously a fan of "LAW" style vises as am I and I truly wish more of the U.S. manufactures would offer a version.  I love the HMH but it's always nice to have choices.  Also it looks like you changed your base?  I ordered the tall stem from HMH.  I'm more comfortable not looking down and or $20 plus shipping it was money well spent.  I also built the wood riser which widens the footprint and raises the vise another 1.5".

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