Originally Posted by ctious
looking for some options...... whats the plus and minus of using each style?
i would be using them for muskie, pike, and saltwater.....
I have made both but admittedly haven't made many furled leaders compartively speaking. (hundreds to a few) For use in the salt and big freshwater I decided on traditional tapered leaders but here some research on pros and cons:
The Furled are as near can be Memory Free while you do need to stretch a traditional leader to remove coils.
Positive turnover helps increased accuracy but not enough to compenstate for a really bad caster!
Some say the Furled reduces micro-drag but I found that waves, for instance, pushes it around more than a traditional leader.
The furled has a natural elasticity that protects light tippets.
Conversely the spring in the leader is your enemy with hard mouthed or hard gripping fish!
Some say that the leader control with furled gives a gentle presentation that eliminates leader slap but a properly designed tapered leader does pretty near the same thing in my experience. I'd give the edge to the furled though.
Both leaders are compatible with a wide variety of tippet sizes with just a modicum of knot know how.
Furled leaders are user friendly, not prone to wind knots.
The Higher visibility assists the angler in the tracking
small flies in adverse light conditions using similar colors for both.
The furled has good retention of paste floatants and these are needed as the leader will pick up a bit of surface scum quickly then sink.
Far less spray than hollow braided leaders, but more than monofilament leaders
A big factor in crystal clear water and spooky fish.
Furled are inexpensive, if you make your own or buy them considering that they last a long time. Same goes for traditional tapered leaders. Both require equal attention to tippets.
With furled a positive turnover increases difficulty with curve and 'trick' casts
Furled thread leaders can mildew if put away wet in a warm dark place
Furled will collect dirt if used in scum covered waters and will not float until cleaned
Knots and hooks are a bit difficult to remove when tangled in a furled leader
Same goes for brush. Keep you back cast up as the leaders are very difficult to remove from the brush
Another disadvantage of furled are that they are a little more wind resistant which can effect turn over(especially on a windy day), when casting into a stiff wind bigger flies.
Furled can also be more visible to a fish in clear water while casting in the air and on the water due to the multiple surfaces and how light reflects.
In general they unroll like a charm! One fellow indicated that, " he used it in FFF Certifed Casting Instructors Exam where no tailing loops are allowed. They will make you throw a better cast for sure and look like a pro!"
Hope that all helps--as for me I'm using traditional about 90% of the time due to the simplicity of a system that I've practiced and used for a long, long time!