Furled Leaders I became fascinated with furled leaders after I won one at a monthly raffle back in August of 2012. I fished it on The Juan, and was quite impressed with it. When I first took it out of the bag there was no memory in it



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Furled Leaders

I became fascinated with furled leaders after I won one at a monthly raffle back in August of 2012. I fished it on The Juan, and was quite impressed with it. When I first took it out of the bag there was no memory in it. Sometimes when you take a new leader out of the bag it tangles up. The leader was very durable. It was quite impressive throwing a dry fly. I was fascinated by the construction of it. My friend Jason Jones of AZBYTHEFLY.COM makes them. One of my goals this year was to learn how to make furled leaders. Thank you Jason for taking the time to teach me this art.

Materials

Leader Jig:

10 foot stick of ½ inch PVC pipe

7 ½ inch tees

O rings


1 foot of thick walled ½ inch PVC to connect to the base

Camera stand from www.lashop.com



http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/ebayISAP.dll?viewitem@item=290800801438

My Furling Kit

PVC JIG WITH O-RINGS

Hair Braider Tool

This is the one I use: http://cgi.ebay.com/160907127591

Cheap scissors or nippers

4 large safety pins

Tippet Rings

I order my tippet rings from this guy. He has free shipping. On my second order he gave me a small green fly box.

(2.0 mm) http://cgi.ebay.com/290705958636

I also use swivels from the same guy.

http://cgi.ebay.com/290676563519

Knit picker tool: http://www.knitpicks.com/kpimages/regular/80699.jpg

This can be found at Joanne’s in the sewing section for $1.29

Here is a link to the shorb loop. This is the loop you’ll make at the large end to connect to the fly line. After you make a few, it’s not that difficult. http://www.furledleaders.co.uk/pdf/how-to-shorb-loop.pdf

Formula

Measurements from peg to peg 32”, 24”, 12”, 8”, 4”

PVC cut lengths 31”, 23”, 11”, 7”, 3”

You can experiment with PVC lengths to make a shorter leader.

I use a 5 step formula. This is a tried and proven formula that works great.

Materials for leader

6/0 thread: A color you like, I prefer olive, brown, and black

2 pound mono or fluorocarbon line depending on what you want the leader to do.

4 pound line to turn over large bass bugs.

Advantages

Furled leaders have no memory.

Furled leaders can last a whole season if you take care of it.

Furled leaders cast a very nice loop.

Changing tippet is very easy.

No Knots.

Variety of colors.

Getting Started

  1. Make a big triple surgeons knot and attach the loop to the tee.

  2. Make 5 complete wraps around the first peg.

  3. Go all the way down to the next peg, come back to the first peg and put your line in between the other lines. Do this 3 times.

  4. Go all the way down to the next peg, come back to the peg I just finished on, put my line in between the other lines. Do this 2 times.

  5. We are going to repeat this process coming back up.

  6. All lines should be attached to the jig.

  7. Attach the tippet ring to the line by popping it on and sliding it.

  8. The lines need to come off the pegs.

  9. On the very last peg, I have a safety pin attached. I will slide the tippet ring to this and attach it.

  10. Check lines to make sure they are even and smooth.

  11. Attach main lines at starting point to safety pins, then connect to the hair braider.

  12. We are ready to begin the furling process.

  13. Start with button 1 for a while. The line should begin to shorten.

  14. When I get to the point the line begins to furl, it is time for button 2.

  15. As I am doing this I will pack the line.

  16. Now I am ready to attach the shorb loop tool. Do not let go of the lines.

  17. Attach the tippet ring to the hook and slide the loops over bringing it all the way down until you get a small loop.

  18. Make the shorb loop.

  19. You have a nice leader.



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