07-18-2011, 02:30 PM
Re: Used a furled leader for the first time..got a question
I wouldn't think a furled leader to be the best for nymphing. A nymphing leader should be of single strand for maximum sink rate, of low visibility under water, and be non-stretch for more optimum strike detection and hook set.
Furled leaders being multifilament, they hold air between the filaments. If you grease them to remove the air, you are adding floatant. They are thicker and the individual fibers have more water resistance than a single smooth surface. Hence they have a slow sink rate compared either mono or flurocarbon.
Because they are multifilament, they are more opaque and visible than either mono or flurocarbon.
Because they are furled they will stretch. The stretch delays both strike detection and reaction. They are the wrong tool for nymphing. So they are not what I would use for strike indicator or straight line nymphing. You could use them for sight nymphing depending on the depth of the fish or if the strike indicator is placed beyond the furled section. That would require a very long tippet where I normally nymph.
Since the strike indicator should be about 1.5 to 2.0 times the depth of the water, a three foot tippet or even a 4 foot tippet on a furled leader is just too short to put the indicator other than on the furled section of a furled leader.
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