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Old 03-17-2014, 01:48 PM
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Default The End of The Line; Discussions on Furlled & Knotted Leaders.

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Old 08-05-2015, 07:41 PM
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Default Re: The End of The Line; Discussions on Furlled & Knotted Leaders.

I've been using furled leaders for several years now and always furl my own. I fish fresh, brackish and saltwater and generally use 12-20# for the butt and midsection for the heavier stuff.

A furled leader seems to be more abrasion resistant than an equally rated single strand. This is a huge plus in my book.

I don't worry about "Class tippet" anymore and size my tippet according to the dentition of the fish I am seeking. When Tarpon are around, I never go with less than a 60# bite tippet. I often tie in a "Safety valve" (an overhand knot that will break at about half the strength of the leader) so I can break the fish off rather than having to stress him further by lipping him or using a release gaff. In really hot water, (90 degrees or higher) I drop back to 30# leader with a safety valve so I can break the fish off as soon as he quits jumping.

One more thing and I will shut up on this topic. When I am furling a leader, I cut the mono to about 25 feet then tie a small swivel to each end. I have 2 tiny screw eyes in the outside wall of my shop about 2" apart. Hook the swivels on the screw eyes then walk to the midpoint of the leader and begin your furl. The ends of the mono do not fly all over the place and tangle. This makes single hand furling a piece of cake. I don't use the swivels for the double furl.
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