Originally Posted by Zman3382
Hello. After reading through the posts on this site that come up through the search and reading what Ive found on the web, I was hoping I could get some answers to the below questions. Keep in mind I am very new to fly fishing and haven't done much of it as yet. I have, however, done way too much reading and over thinking for someone who's spent so little time waving a stick at amused fish
1 - How do you select a furled leader? Different companies / people have different rating systems.. some rate them per species, some per fly line weight, and some by lb breaking force.. very confusing for someone who still does not have a great understanding of tippet and leader selection to begin with.
2 - Does color of the leader matter as much? and when might different colors be appropriate?
3 - Does the size of the ring on the end of the leader matter as much? (2 mm vs 3mm vs just a loop..)
4 - How do the different construction materials of the leader affect its performance / castability / longevity etc?
5 - What knots are appropriate / ideal for attaching tippet to the ring on the end of the leader? and does using a furled leader affect the amount of tippet one should use?
6 - How do you choose length of leader when using a furled leader?
Thank you for taking the time to take a look at these questions. Again, Ive read through the posts that come up in search, and not found all of the answers Ive been curious about. Thanks in advance for any advice. Cheers! - Zack
I hit the quote button so I can go down your list.
To start with, I am going to say I agree with Hardy and I started and still make my own mono leaders (Frog Hair Kit)
A FURLED leader is very supple and you can CAST IT by itself with ease. Which means this is going to lay the tinyest flies delicately infront of spooky fish (provided the caster is capable, but they help all casters).
1. As far as sizing, I make a light for smaller fish (2 - 4 wt), a medium for bass and trout (4 - 6 wt) and heavy for (6 - 8). Adding one strand of Kevlar the leader will slowly sink, but the strength is very strong.
I have to post this picture of what I am talking about. I made leaders for this gentlemen and had no idea what he was after. He sent the pictures and a HUGE thanks:
You tell me what you are fishing for and I will go to work.
2. Color I don't feel matters. But I do stick to earth tones. I do add the first section in a bright color for and indicator.
3. The ring size is determined by the size of tippet and the size of the leader. I use 2mm on my smaller and medium leaders. But 3mm on the 8 weights as the leader it self is bigger and covers more of the ring. Rings protect the leaders, specially thread leaders. The MONO tippet can cut the thread.
4. Material will determine the strength. If I were to use 3/0 thread instead of the 6/0 but the same wraps, the leader will be thicker diameter and stronger. Like I mentioned, add one strand of Kevlar will increase the strength of the leader dramatically.
5. I use a clinch knot, but tell people to just use the same knot they use to attach a fly to the tippet.
6. Choosing a length will depend on the water. I use shorter with longer tippet on spooky streams, but I also use longer leader (6') with at least 3' of tippet for larger rivers and still water, for the extra length
I hope this helped, just my take on furled leaders. Like a good line, it can make a bad caster better and a good caster great...;-)