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    Default Anyone furling with braid

    Just curious if any of you furling fanatics are furling with braid such as PowerPro?

    I wonder how a leader furled from 5lb PowerPro would fare for musky and pike fishing?

    thanks
    Joe


    uhh...nevermind

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    Nope...don't need a tow strap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaboom1 View Post
    Nope...don't need a tow strap.
    But you can always hope you will. Being towed around a lake by a big fish can be lots of fun.
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    They are quite a bit stiffer than thread or mono but when you are throwing 6-8 inch rats who cares!!! The abrasion resistance is outstanding and you have zero stretch so it is a sensitive leader. Be careful, the 6-8 wt leaders I make from Power Pro have about a 60lb theoretical breaking strength.
    Quote Originally Posted by Crotalus View Post
    Just curious if any of you furling fanatics are furling with braid such as PowerPro?

    I wonder how a leader furled from 5lb PowerPro would fare for musky and pike fishing?

    thanks

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    5lb braid! The leader would be HUGE! Maybe for Salt water. I don't furl with anything over 2 lb.

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    Normally, but 5# Power Pro is smaller than 2# monofilament.

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    .005 is small.

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    I did a few with #50 lb. power pro used a loop in each end of a line attached to a cup holder, spun one way then connected second loop from drill and placed with first on cup holder reversed drill. made a nice small dia. leader about 7 feet long with a nice taper..added a 6" 3 or 4x piece of mono to end then added tippet. great for small streams.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sandfly View Post
    I did a few with #50 lb. power pro used a loop in each end of a line attached to a cup holder, spun one way then connected second loop from drill and placed with first on cup holder reversed drill. made a nice small dia. leader about 7 feet long with a nice taper..added a 6" 3 or 4x piece of mono to end then added tippet. great for small streams.

    How big are the fish in this small stream?

    But question for you all. Now the theory with braided is that it is hollow inside. Something you don't want with furling so isn't this defeating the purpose of furling?

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    Crotalus,

    Here is my opinion and I already know it is not worth much, but, I feel too many people put to much thought into the breaking strength of a Furled Leader. It is the tippet breaking point that is most important since your fly is attached to the tippet and not the Furled Leader. The concern should be on the tippet breaking before the Furled Leader or rod. The flex of the fly rod and the reel drag is what will wear out a large fish. I feel that most who enjoy using Furled Leaders, enjoy them because they outlast a tappered mono/fluorocarbon leader and they will turn-over a longer tippet and fly. I do understand why some use PowerPro, Spiderwire and other material and that is because of the strength of that material, but, a good Furled Leader also needs some stretch so that it will protect the tippet and rod. The teeth of musky and pike will come into play on the tippet and not the Furled Leader so a good Furled Leader should have some stretch and be able to turn-over larger flies to these fish.

    Just my opinion and nothing more.....
    Warren
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