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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.
Comment by Rob Hilton on October 6, 2016 at 12:53pm

Anyone tried Furled leaders. I've heard they can make a huge difference with your fly casting as they have no memory at all and turn over very nicely.?

Comment by carl hendrix on October 4, 2016 at 5:18pm

ROB;; YEARS PAST;; IVE TRIED SINKING LINES; AND JUST DONT  LIKE THEM;; IF I NEED TO FISH DEEPER; I USE  DIFFERENT TYPES OF SINKERS; OR WEIGHTED FLIES ; OR JIGS; SOMETHING TO THAT EFFECT ANY WAY.  SINKING LINES; TO ME; SINK TO FAST;  EVEN AFTER TRIMMING OFF A LITTLE OF THE SINK LINE..  MY PREF IS; TO ADJUST THE LINE; TO THE DESIRED RATE OF SINK;  I WANT IT TO BE.

Comment by Rob Hilton on October 4, 2016 at 11:55am

Hi Guys n Gals... Anyone have any experience using sink tip or even full sinking lines for Winter gills in about 20 - 30 feet of water. If so Which line do you recommend? My usual lake is much lower than it usually is and Im thinking if I can get down to them along the weedlines I may have some luck. Appreciate any help. I was looking at the new RIO In Touchilne anyone use it?

Comment by Marty Lemons on September 16, 2016 at 9:43am
Since losing 60% of my muscles in my arms and legs due to getting CIDP , no more tying for me . I'm going to get my son to tie spiders, poppers to some 3' long tippets and put loops on the end so that I don't have to mess with knots anymore. I don't have the strength to tie a knot anymore. think everything I had commercially bought is likely on a 14 size hook.
 

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