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    Does anyone have a spacing arrangement for a furling jig to be able to make a 7' furled leader? I would like to try making some a little longer than the spacing I have currently use (a little less than 6'). Also, any recommendations on where to obtain the rings to put on the tippet end? Thanks for the help.

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    Clearfork;
    28/33/33. Now I'm sure that has you very confused? If so let me know, somewhere in here I have some diagrams. On my 9' rods all I use are 7' furled leaders. Hauled in a 20" Walleye out of one of my favorite Trout holes yesterday!!

    J Stockard (a sponsor) has the best deal on tippet rings.

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    Jack;
    Thanks for the reply, and you are right I'm confused. Are the pegs the same distance on both sides or ? A diagram would be great. How long are your tippets on that 7' leader? Thanks again.

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    Couldn't you just start at 8' starting length and place the pegs proportionally to what you do when you start for your 6' finished leader ??

    Jack's measurements come out just short of 8', if I'm reading them right he is saying 94". I am curious about that set up. It would result in proportions of 30% butt section, 35% mid section, and 35% tip section. That strikes me as a bit light in the butt and somewhat overextended in the tip, especially after adding tippet.

    Just wondering if this is a standard proportion for you, Jack, for the various leaders you do. And how you arrived at these proportions, and if you have tried other set ups ??

    John
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    If you make your start and end loops 1/2 the distance between pegs 1 & 2 you will have a 12/10/8/6 taper.



    lets see if this helps. This will make a 7' leader.

    When using a leader made from 4# test mono or fluoro I'll use up to 6' of tippet.
    at least 4' of tippet with a thread leader.

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    J Stockard happens to have free shipping going on right now....

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    clearfork51:

    To answer your first question, here are two different peg spacings for 7 foot 3-step furled leaders. The first is for a 55% slope, and the peg spacings alternate left-right-left-etc., starting with the first peg on the left side. Both are based on a 10% reduction in length with furling. Measurements are in inches. For the 55% one, the peg positions are: 38-63-80-92. The second one is for one with a 60% slope: 34-59-78-92. There are two pegs on the left side and one on the right side; looking from butt end towards the tippet end. The tippet end peg is at 92 inches to allow for the 10% reduction.

    The percentages reflect the weight reduction at each step-down from that of the previous section; i.e., the first step-down section weighs either 55% or 60% of the butt section, and so on for the remainder of the leader.

    Why not put a Shorb knot in each end, and dispense with the little metal ring on the tip end? The knot is very easy to do. It does require a Knit Picxker, available wherever fabrics and sewing supplies are sold, and are about $2.00 ea. There is minimal anecdotal evidence that the Shorb Knot is stronger than the metal ring. Here is an article on making furled leaders that has a step-by-step instructions, including some very clear photos, of how to make a Shorb Knot: www.peninsulaflyfishers.org/Tackle/furled_leader/furled-leader.html

    Hope this helps.

    Cheers
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    With the numbers you gave and assuming the 92" measurement is the last or center peg, wouldn't that set up leave you with a 4 step leader?

    Brad

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    This is my fourth attempt at answering your question Kaboom1, The absurd feature of a "token" for replying time on this forum keeps eating my lunch!

    They are three-step leaders. Consider the furling hooks and the tip peg to be 'goal lines'. The number of pegs between the 'goal lines' determines how many steps there are. There are three such pegs in both of my examples. Hope this explains it for you. If not, PM me.

    Cheers!
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    aged sage,

    Hate it when that happens - especially after writing a long, detailed answer. I find copying the answer to the clipboard works. When you log on again after the system throws you off, then just paste your comment into a new reply window.
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