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    Default Fishing furled leaders

    How do you fish with your furled leader and what length do you use for that purpose?


    I am fairly new to furled leaders. 95% of the time i fish streamers, nymphs or soft hackles. My leaders are all 5 ' to which i add 4 or 5 ' of tippet

    My closest trout water is a tail water which is has more like a lake or very slow current when the Corp is not generating( when generating it is not safe to wade). Generally i strip a small pine squirrel streamer or fish it under an indicator. i have been using a 6x mono furled leader which is very soft with fluorocarbon tippet. i have tried a uni furled leader which casts great but requires more attention to keep it floating. This river does have march browns & cahill mayflies that hatch sporadically so soft hackles can be effective at times, and midges are usually prevelant in the winter months but they have been so tiny ( size 32 ++)since some major flooding that i have not messed with them
    For warm warm fishing i probably use a 4 lb fluorocarbon furled leader the most on a 6 wt fly rod. The fluorocarbon helps the streamers get down a little quicker. i do use 4lb mono furled leaders if i think i might fish poppers . For blue gill waters i primarily us my trout leader with a foam bug
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    I fish them almost the same as you but I use 6' 6" leaders. Thread for drys or hopper dropper rigs and 4# fluoro for streamers, wooly buggers, etc. with up to 6' of tippet.

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    Most of my furled leaders are thread ranging from trout size to bass size. For trout I use a 4 to 6 foot fluorocarbon tippet, 4X to 7X. For pan fish and bass usually a 3 to 4 foot fluorocarbon tippet between 8 to 15 lb depending on what I'm fishing for or if I'm throwing poppers. I have a couple heavy fluorocarbon furled leaders that I use for heavier fresh and light salt water, 5 to 6 feet long. Normally I fish a 4 to 6 foot 25 lb fluorocarbon leader with them.

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    Various reasons I haven't fished much. But I made a floating leader out of Coats and Clark green thread from Wal-Mart.

    I soaked it in a silicone liquid. There is a spray can with an orange top at Wal-Mart in the sporting goods section. It is for spraying and waterproofing leather boots and shoes and such. I sprayed it into a contaier until I got enough liquid to soak the leader. Let it set overnight. Hung it out to dry the next day. The fellow I sent it to said he fished a very rough raging river....or something like that....Anyway he said it floated all day.
    Jim

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    I fish Zen Outfitters furled leaders almost exclusively. I buy them in the 78in length and add about four feet of nylon tippet. He also has a big streamer leader and a sinking leader both of which I like very well. I also have a Moonlite Flies leader that I like but I have to dress it with Otter Butter so it will float, which is no big deal. I do prefer thread leaders over any other material they are softer give a good hook set and lay the dry fly on the water very easily.

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    I've been fishing furled leaders for 17 or 18 years now. All but two are made out of tying thread. I didn't make them. Over the years I've swapped flies and materials for them. Most are 5 feet in length. Some are made specifically for trout, others for tossing bass bugs. I store them coiled in small clear plastic envelopes. Over the winter I add several drops of liquid floatant to the bags, so they're ready to go in the spring. If I'm fishing for trout I use a 7 foot fluorocarbon leader from 7X to 4X. For warm water 4 to 6 foot fluorocarbon leaders ranging from 8 lb to 25 lb test. I use the two fluorocarbon ones with my intermediate line in salt and fresh water with 6 to 8 foot fluorocarbon leader, 15 to 30 lb test.

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