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Terry Dodge
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i tie a lot of my own leaders. the problem with using them in our illinois water is the the knots catch all the bits of crud floating in the surface. there are alot of formulas for leaders on the web. if you would like some contact me. timothy troester

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I tie several types of leaders depending on the species and conditions but for smallmouth my go to leader is a Harry Murray's bright butt leader I learned to tie while out in Virginia, but if you are tossing heavy streamers a straight piece of fluoro works fine .

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While you can get by with a level leader casting smaller streamers at only short-medium distances in little if any wind a tapered leader is a must for ease in casting further with bigger flies.If this were not true there'd be no reason for ever using a tapered leader since there is an advantage to a thin straight leader both for streamer fishing in getting the fly down a little faster as well as reducing the affect of current drag.

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These hand furled leaders look intresting...havent tried them yet..but if they work for Capt. Sodie...they probably work well.

 

 

My brother tried this last summer and didn't have avoid report, though I can't remember the details.

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Good point. I left that part out about not casting well for longer distances but along as you bring it back and toss it and avoid false casting it works well for shorter cast in fast water .

While you can get by with a level leader casting smaller streamers at only short-medium distances in little if any wind a tapered leader is a must for ease in casting further with bigger flies.If this were not true there'd be no reason for ever using a tapered leader since there is an advantage to a thin straight leader both for streamer fishing in getting the fly down a little faster as well as reducing the affect of current drag.

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Do those furled leaders tend to pick up algae any more or less than hand tied knotted leaders?

 

they are not as bad. knots are the problem. if you use 'knot sense' it's much better. timothy

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One thing about furled leaders, while they may be expensive, they last much longer than a standard mono leader. I have tried furled leaders and regular mono leaders..............I like them both. Furled leaders do not pick up any algae/weeds. I like feather crafts streamer furled leaders as they have a very small swivel at the end. The swivel is nice for two reasons:

 

1. Easy attachment of tippet with a basic clinch knot

2. The swivel prevents leader twist...........and I do mean prevents. I have had one of their streamer leaders for two years and have never had any leader twist while using it.

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Someone mentioned that furled leaders resist wind knots better because they are stiffer, is that true? Not that my pure casting technique ever creates wind knots, I just want to know this for a... errr ... friend. :rolleyes:

 

Also, if you were going to hand tie or spin one according to that video, would 6 lb fluoro be a decent line to use?

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Someone mentioned that furled leaders resist wind knots better because they are stiffer, is that true? Not that my pure casting technique ever creates wind knots, I just want to know this for a errr friend.

 

 

i've gotten wind knots in furled leaders. there, i said it. don't ask me about it!

 

furled leaders are limper, no memory. tjt

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Two questions, which might work better 4,6, or 8 lb flouro for one of these spun furled leaders for the average flies we toss and would it be logical to create the 7 foot leader such that the 4 strand would be 4 ft in length and the 2 strand portion that will attach to the tippet be 3 ft in length? I enjoy this type of thing so I'm sure I'll give it a go.

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Two questions, which might work better 4,6, or 8 lb flouro for one of these spun furled leaders for the average flies we toss and would it be logical to create the 7 foot leader such that the 4 strand would be 4 ft in length and the 2 strand portion that will attach to the tippet be 3 ft in length? I enjoy this type of thing so I'm sure I'll give it a go.

 

Flouro could be a problem with poppers since it is slightly denser than water and may sink on you. I want to try hand furling too. It was a great video.

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I owe you some info on leader formulas.

 

First there is the classic 4-2-1 which we often see. The numbers express proportions not necesarily length. Example 4' 30#-2' 20#-1' 12# gives you a 7' leader that you can add 2' of tippet to to get a 9' total. The long heavy butt section goes along with what Kreh and Clouser recommend for bass.

 

You can read them in their own words via the links below.

 

 

Lefty's formulas

 

Clouser,s FormulasI

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These hand furled leaders look intresting...havent tried them yet..but if they work for Capt. Sodie...they probably work well.

 

 

 

This is a little bit more tricky when using 21 feet of line to make 7 foot butt and mid-section.

Tricky part for me is keeping the loose ends from mating. Practice, practice, practice.

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I was going to try and tie a few knotted leaders using Lefty's 50% formula which he states really bust the wind but.... no one around here carries mono greater than 25 lbs so will have to put in an order to Bass Pro. Maybe the central region Bassburgers can tie a bunch and test cast at some future outing.

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