Not many anglers have even heard of much less used a furled leader, but they have been around for centuries. Their origins reach back to the early days of fly fishing when fly lines were woven from horse hair. The process used to create those early fly lines is very similar to the way we manufacture a modern furled leader today. Today we now have a wide variety of materials that gives the modern day furled leaders unparalleled performance, accuracy and make them a joy to cast.
Try one today. You'll never go back!
The Advantages of using
Not prone to wind knots
Extremely smooth turn over
They have virtually no spray
Superior in shock absorption
Very supple, virtually no memory
Land on the water like a dragonfly
Tapered smoothly from butt to tippet
Durable, they last for seasons, not days
Turn over longer tippets and larger flies
Solid core not hollow like braided leaders
Cleaner, they collect less grass and pond scum
All my leaders have a smooth Shorb loop woven in the butt end. The tippet end is finished with a small Black Alloy tippet ring. Shorb loops on the tippet end are available upon request.
I use the following size Black Alloy tippet rings on my leaders
0-2 wt. 1.5 mm 2-4 wt. 2.0 mm 4-6 wt. 2.0 mm
6-8 wt. 2.0 mm 8-10 wt. 2.5 mm
Tenkara Lines 2.0 mm
These are just my standard sizes.
I carry 10 different sizes for you to choose from.
Round Black Alloy Tippet Rings
1.5 mm 2.0 mm 2.5 mm 3.0 mm 4.0 mm
Pear Shaped Teflon Coated
Black Alloy Tippet Rings
2.7 x 3.5 mm 3 x 4 mm 3.5 x 4.4 mm
Maximize your tippet ring with a minimal amount of size and weight
Oval Tippet Rings
2 x 3 mm 3 x 4 mm
#18 Micro Swivels
Contrary to some opinions tippet rings are not a gimmick. They help protect the tippet end of the leader from cuts and nicks during tippet changes. They make changing tippets a snap (especially in cold weather). Most will float due to their small size and the waters surface tension.
At Streamside all my leaders are hand crafted by myself at the time of purchase. Furled leaders are much more versatile than standard monofilament leaders, they will generally work well with 3 different fly line weights. I have used a 4-6 weight furled leader on my 3 - 5 and 8 weight rods all with good results. And believe me I am not an expert caster, fair to good describes my casting.