A furled leader is another type of tapered leader, and an alternative to using a knotless tapered leader. It is made by twining (or furling) a single strand of material – usually nylon mono filament. About 100 feet of continuous line is used to produce a furled leader, and both the butt and tippet ends of the leaders are pre-looped. Furling was the earliest method of producing a tapered leader, dating back more than two centuries. To the tippet end of a furled leader, the angler ties three or more feet of tippet material. An angler can easily add or change tippet material as needed.
Advantages of furled leaders are numerous.
- Lack of memory reduces micro-drag
- Positive turnover provides increased accuracy
- Gentle presentation eliminates leader slap
- Natural elasticity protects light tippets
- User Friendly, not prone to wind knots
- Visibility facilitates the tracking of flies
- Good retention of paste flottant
- Excellent knot strength
**These leaders sell for $19.00 or more in fishing catalogs such as 'Net Craft' and 'Cabela's'.
**Hand crafted by me. I have made many, many leaders and only fish with my leaders.
**Each leader is made with clear, 2 pound test mono. (a substitution of a different test mono can be requested and we can come to terms.)
**The leader is about 6 1/2 feet long.
**If you have never cast a furled leader, you are in for a treat. A furled leader rolls the fly out much better.