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Comment by dick tabbert on October 9, 2016 at 7:39am

Carl turned me onto the Mono idea last year. I did manage to try it out and seemed to work pretty good. I think I'm using 8 lb test so I have to tie on a 2 or 4 lb leader or tippet especially on my 2wt don't need to be breaking my Fly Rod.

Comment by John Ratliff on October 9, 2016 at 7:23am

I use about a six inch butt section on the end of my fly line and the mono, the #2 I use as a tippet and only about 18 inch of it. If a stick up decides it catch my bug I will only lose it and the #2. 

Comment by John Sheehan on October 9, 2016 at 6:49am

I tie a section of 10# mono to my fly line and then tie in 6# test to that for my leaders, Sometimes I'll use 4# test and taper further.

Comment by carl hendrix on October 8, 2016 at 3:51pm

JOHN;;  I DO THE SAME THING BUDDY;;  I JUST USE THE  MONO LINE INSTEAD OF TAPERED LEADERS; AT THE END OF MY FISHING TRIP; REPLACE THE ONE I USED;;  ITS A LOT EASIER IVE FOUND !

Comment by Slip Sinker on October 8, 2016 at 12:38pm

i use 6# SpiderWire braid...

Comment by John Ratliff on October 8, 2016 at 10:57am

Guys let me add my 2 cents worth on the leader comments.  I quit using tapered leader several years ago now I use spin cast line of 2 to 4 lb and just rip off about 7 or 8 ft and use that and I have doing it for years and it is a bunch cheaper.  I know some folks will say I'm crazy but I have feel that not the only one.

Comment by Allen Morgan on October 6, 2016 at 6:28pm

I'll have to check my Feather-Craft catalog, but I think FC makes furled leaders in both mono and fluoro.

Yes, they do not have memory, and they will turn over flies nicely.

What I noticed is that even if the furled leader is slathered with floatant, after a few casts, the leader would still soak up water and start to sink.  If I was using wet flies/nymphs/buggers, no biggie.  However, I tend to use foam flies on top for Sunnies, and the leader sinking would make hooksets harder, not to mention eventually dragging the foam bug down with it.

I've been using knotted mono leaders for a couple years now.  They do work, but the knots will catch on the weeds.  It's an acceptable trade-off for me.

Now, if I ever get around to making a furled leader jig, I'll twist up my own furled leaders using thread instead of mono.  I've heard that a thread furled leader will float in the film.

Comment by Joe DiStefano on October 6, 2016 at 6:16pm
This is a bit embarrassing, but I'm not exactly sure. The Feather Craft website doesn't mention what their furled leader material is, but I believe it to be mono. Feels like mono, anyway. I buy the 6ft "trout" leaders from them in the appropriate weights, then I attach 3ft of mono tippet for a 9ft system. 9ft is plenty for me from shore, and I often use a fish pimp float if I want to stay above weeds. They have longer furled leaders, as well as furled streamer leaders, and even sinking ones, although I've never used them.
Comment by Rob Hilton on October 6, 2016 at 5:17pm

Thank you very much Joe. Got some silly questions. What are your furled leaders made of, Mono, Fluro, Braid. How deep can you fish them. Any help appreciated. Thanks

Comment by Joe DiStefano on October 6, 2016 at 4:19pm
I'm currently using Feathercraft's furled dry fly leaders for 4wt and 6wt rods and love them. I fish mostly nymphs, wet flies and streamers for shallow panfish and bass from the shore. I believe I'll be sticking with them for a while.
 

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