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    Default Using your own leaders

    With opening trout season right around the corner I decided to check my leader wallet make sure I had enough furled leaders to get me through the season. My leaders usually last a couple of seasons so I do not look in my leader wallet that often. Low and behold my supply was very low in most of the weights that I furl. So.....yesterday I dusted off the old jig and pulled out my old electric drill and replaced my stash of leaders. Then it dawned on me... where do all my leaders go? I did not us up 80% of my leaders last season so I guess I must have given away the majority of my leaders. I have a feeling that this is true for many furlers. Between my sons, nephews and other fishing buddies, I probably give away 80-90% of the leaders I furl. I have a feeling that this is true for most furlers. Do you give away more leaders then you use for yourself?
    caribe

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caribe View Post
    Do you give away more leaders then you use for yourself?
    caribe
    For sure. I always have a pocket full with me and I give one to anyone that asks about them.

    Brad
    "A woman drove me to drink and I didn't even have the decency to thank her."
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    Kind of like a Crack Dealer......the first one is free!!

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    It's good to know I am not the only one with this "addiction" problem. Unfortunately the line I use is expensive but I guess I need to learn to live with my "addiction".
    caribe

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    Caribe what material are you using that's so expensive? I've given away quite a few of mine as well.

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    Brandon

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    Brandon,
    I use Berkley FireLine Crystal for all my leaders. It typically sells for around $18 for 125 yards. The line has a thin diameter so the leader does not get overly "bulky". I have had thread leaders fail due to size of fish (king salmon and carp) and thread rot that ruined a weekend outing. I have furled mono, floro, uni, and polyester and I like the fireline the best. I have a feeling that there are not very many furlers out there that use fireline...... perhaps the expense is part of the reason. I spent $50 last week on more line and that's what got me thinking that giving away these leaders is starting to get expensive. Maybe I should furl some cheaper thread leaders and give those away instead.
    caribe

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    You might want to try gel spun polyethylene. Ultra available in four weights- 50,75,100,200 denier and several colors. I believe its $3.25 a spool. Thats half the cost of Fireline per leader.

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    Charles,
    I will take your advise. When I first started furling I pretty much furled anything I could wrap around the jig and settled for Fireline once I found it made a leader that suited me best. Over the past 4 years I have furled nothing else. I do not think I have ever tried gel spun polyethylene. Its now on my list to try. Old habits are hard to break.
    caribe

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    GSP is has very light density rating. Flats well and strong but doesn't turnover as well. Just my opinion. Because it's very thin makes a great vote to add strength.

    Cheers
    Brandon

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    Brandon,
    I think your right about the density. The fireline, like the GSP runs light. I may be wrong about this but in order to increase the mass of the leader I wrap more line around the jig pegs as I do the step down. Plus, after I wind each strand (Kathy Scott method) and let it unwind with the weight, I wind both strands together a second time to tighten the leader more. It ends up about a 15% reduction. I think the amount of winding of the leader increases the resistance to assist in the turnover of the fly. I have no math for proof of this, it just seems to make sense to me and it seems to happen when cast these leaders. I may try this on a GPS thread.
    caribe

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