Originally Posted by rickf
I wonder if Joni has seen this thread? LOL
What about her ferruled leader business?
If folks can make their own so easy, why would they buy from the dealers on this site?
Joni does know about these, and we are great friends. The big difference is that the furled leaders are furled, while these leaders are made only of monofilament and twisted by hand in a very simple process. The furled leaders offered here and by Joni are usually made of various sizes and colors of thread versus the monofilament material I use in these twisted leaders. Furling also requires some fairly complicated jigs with motors and such to do the furling as well as manage the variety of tapers.
Why would they buy from them instead of tie their own? Furled are different than twisted. Furled requires more steps, compound formulas and complicated jigs to accomplish the end results, but those that use them and love them swear by them. I tie my own mono leaders in minutes and I love them and swear by them - different strokes fro different folks. I by no means call these furled leaders, there is a huge difference in the construction process, but they both lay out a fly like a dream
I'm not offering these as any type of financial competition to our sponsors. Just another way to make a quality mono leader for fly fishing without the complicated process or expense required for furling.
I fish only these twisted mono leaders that I make myself, much like many other fly anglers tie up compound monofilament leaders for their fishing needs. I used to subscribe to tying my own compound leaders using step down sections of monofilament tied together with blood knots until I came upon this method quite a few years ago. I haven't looked back. I use them for dry flies, nymph rigs and streamers - even stillwater.
The twist, much like furled leaders adds a bit if stretch to the setup which seems to protect fragile tippets a bit better than regular knot-less or knotted leader systems.
Give them a try, you might fall in love with them as I did.