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Furled Leader Info




Click Here for the Furled Leader Order Page  ...  To see a complete listing of all furled leaders offered in the online store.



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The majority of furled leaders are used for trout fishing, usually dry fly fishing, so let's discuss this type of furled leader.    These leaders are made with pproximately 100' of 6/0 UNI-Thread.  The leader is tapered in 6 steps from 22 strands to 6 strands. 

Furled leaders, constructed of UNI-Thread, are the ultimate for dry fly fishing.  Preferred by most experienced furled leader users over those constructed with monofilament (too stiff and springy).  Supple thread furled leaders have almost no memory ... an attribute which reduces drag.  They cast very accurately and land gently on the water.  Their ability to turnover long tippets and flies exceeds any other type of tapered leader.  Once you fish these leaders, you will never go back!  One quick application of a paste floatant, such as Mucilin or Loon Payette Paste Floatant will float the leader for most of a day's fishing.  These leaders do not pick up and spray water while casting as hollow, braided leaders do.  Durable ... furled leaders often last more than one season with just tippet changes!  Quite economical in the long run.

butt loop is woven into the leader during construction.  A limp, flexible loop that you can barely feel as you pull it through your fingers.  

 The tippet end of the furled leader has two choices.  A small BB-sized loop called a Shorb Loop is woven into the tippet end of the leaders.  Simply attach the desired length of tippet to the small loop with a tiny loop-to-loop connection.  These tiny loops flatten out and almost disappear. The second choice is a Tippet Ring.   A tiny, lightweight ring to which you tie the tippet to with the same knot you tie your fly on with.  The choice between these two tippet end options is a matter of personal preference.


  • Furled leaders are available in 4, 5 1/2 and 7 foot lengths, add 2 to 5 feet of ordinary mono tippet, tie on a fly, and you're ready to fish.  With furled leaders, you are able to use longer tippets than on mono tapered leaders.
  • The pale yellow is ideal for good visibility.  Really helps you locate and track your fly in difficult light conditions on the stream. Light Olive is another good color.
  • Each leader is custom-made and built to order.
  • The superb turnover of these furled leaders greatly increases casting accuracy and their suppleness reduces drag.
  • The elasticity of furled leaders cushions your tippet.  Allows the use of lighter tippets.

 Customer Feedback ~~~

Hi John,
I want to thank you for the fine job you continue to do on your furled leaders, I have Furled leaders that you made for me four years ago, that I am still using today.  I have been flyfishing for over 40 years and have never found a better furled leader than yours. I've paid less for some leaders and more for others , but I have never found one to match the quality of yours. Fisherman that use mono furled leaders, will never go back, once they try yours. Make my next three leaders, Pale Yellow, 5 1/2 ft., and size 2/3/4. Thanks once more.    John H.


And more info....Comments on Furled Leaders by Jim Cramer (author of an article on furled leaders in Fly Fisherman magazine) ....

Over the past 10 years I have made well over a thousand furled leaders and have published several articles on them so I consider myself qualified to answer questions about furled leaders.
Design and Material
......... As with most things, not all furled leaders are created equal. Both material choice and construction can dramatically change a leader's performance. Monofilament and thread are the two most common materials used. Further, each brand or type of thread or monofilament will produce a leader having different characteristics; sometimes vast differences. Kevlar thread, for example, will produce a much stiffer leader than most other threads while Danville thread yields a softer leader than many others.
Monofilament, although widely used for these leaders, is not my material of choice except for salt water applications. Leaders made of monofilament retain some memory, are not as supple as those made of thread, and do not have the soft presentation of leaders made of thread. After much experimentation and hundreds of leaders, Uni Thread is my material of choice for fresh water applications.


Presentation is the key to success and the furled leader excels at gentle lay down, improved accuracy, and reduced drag, all important factors in the presentation. While these leaders can be used for many fly fishing situations they excel for dry fly fishing. Being soft and supple with no memory, they are quite a departure from the common monofilament leader. On flat spring creek waters reduced micro drag and a very gentle presentation make them ideal for dry fly work. The accuracy resulting from the positive turnover makes the leaders a joy to use in fast pocket water. Fine tippets are protected by the leader's natural elasticity. Delicate presentation reduces the need for extremely long leaders which in turn increases casting accuracy.

Furled leaders by nature of their design lend themselves to positive floatation. Let me explain. The thread or monofilament from which the leader is constructed is slightly heavier than water and by itself will not float once it is wet and the surface tension is broken. Taking a very close look at the actual form of the leader reveals grooves much like the grooves on a rope. If these grooves are filled with a lighter than water paste such as Mucilin or common paste floor wax, the effect is to increase the leaders volume and create a lighter than water leader. Water proofing the leader with any of the available water proofing products will not provide the same effect and is not recommended.

Despite their many advantages furled leaders are not without their drawbacks. Positive turnover increases the difficulty of making curve and other trick casts. Knots are extremely difficult to remove, and heaven help the angler whose backcast tangles in the brush. The soft limp leader can be the devil to untangle. Scum covered waters and dirt will soil the thread leaders reducing their effectiveness until they have been well washed in hot soapy water. When faced with fishing such waters I'll return to the knotless tapered monofilament leader and save my furled leaders for cleaner waters.

One of the greatest advantages of thread furled leaders is also the one thing that causes the greatest concern among those seeing a thread furled leader for the first time. Anglers who have never seen or used anything but solid monofilament leaders are often concerned with a colored leader spooking the fish. If truth be known the fish can see the monofilament leaders as well and a colored leader with a monofilament tippet has little adverse effect on the fish. Trout and other fish are continually exposed to flotsam and inert objects and are not spooked unless such objects move, cast sudden shadows, or act threatening manner. If fish were to spook from every strange object on the water, they would soon starve to death. Consider also that when a trout rises to a dry fly its window of vision is diminished to the point that the furled section of the leader is never seen. From the anglers point of view however, a visible leader is a huge asset when tracking small dry flies in adverse light conditions.
When fishing wets or nymphs the highly visible leader serves as a drag and strike indicator.





Click Here for the Furled Leader Order Page  ... To see a complete listing of all furled leaders offered in the online store.



Click Here for the TWISTED LEADER Order Page  ...  Heavy saltwater mono twisted leaders. 






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