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Furled Leaders have a long interesting place in the history of fly fishing (photo by Michael Hackney).  They have been around for centuries, and originally comprised of horse hair.  Since then there have been some advancements in materials.  Most Furled Leaders are constructed using polyester tying thread, or equivalent.  Their construction is made like a two strand rope made of just thread.  This creates a leader that is extremely limp, and lacks memory.  Although this has some benefits over traditional tapered leaders, it lacks the punch to finish turning over and laying out your fly without added bulk to the...

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hen saddle, nymph, partridge, soft hackle -

One thing you'll notice if you follow us on Social Media is our fascination with Soft Hackles and turning regular traditional nymph patterns into Soft Hackle Nymphs.  Is there a reason behind us doing this? To us yes absolutely there is.  We do not have any scientific data to make an absolute claim to our belief that they are more effective tied as a Soft Hackle, but for us our confidence rises and more fish come to net.  Our belief is the pulsating action the soft hackle feathers provide give added life to the fly, and trigger a feeding instinct...

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fiberglass -

photo by Bag Of Noodles Fiberglass is much softer action than graphite, even the fast glass rods are usually slower action than the graphite fly rods. Fiberglass fly rods take less effort to cast when casting 40ft or less, the casting motion is shorter and slower than fast graphite rods allowing you to enjoy the casting motion more and cast more hours without fatigue. We especially like the that you can feel when the rod is loaded better for more intuitive casting, this is especially useful for beginners. Fiberglass is a bit more durable and less prone to breakage than...

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Brandon Moon, furled leaders -

I started fishing furled leaders from the recommendation of my good friend and fly fishing mentor Jeff Bateham. After using them for several years I decided to learn how to make them, so I could help others have the same experience I had. I bought the book Furled Leaders by Steven Zondag in summer 2011. This book gave me a foundation but didn’t satisfy me. I then met Frank Schilt (who was taught by Skip Shorb), John Scott, and Michael Hackney on two different forums. They all have different approaches and helped me gain a greater knowledge of how I...

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