18 foot spey rod DV8
Join Date: Dec 2019
Location: Pretty Cdn salar rivers
I have been using silk lines with silk furled leaders with a mono or a floro tippet with my Sharpes Scotty spliced cane rods or Canadian Canoe rods for many years. I also enjoy using graphite/graphene modern traditional spey rods, 16 to 18 feet by B&W, Scott MacKenzie, Sage, Clan, and Loop. When the water temps rise to 50 degrees, I start using a floating traditional long belly spey line, 65, 75, and 90 feet with a furled floro leader 15 feet long. The sinking floro leader with a size 2 to 1/0 hook or an aluminum, copper, or brass tube, Intruder, Waddington, or Bora fly will give you a subsurface presentation without the need to use sinking tips. These sinking floro furled leaders are easier to roll or lift to the surface and cast. I feel they allow me to make a better anchor point and help transfer energy into the cast. Many traditional spey caster with cane or graphite rods prefer them to sinking tips with a floating line and use them through the fall to the onset of winter
In warmer temps above 60 degrees, a mono furled leader is an interesting alternative to a tapered or level leader with many anglers convinced they get a straighter more natural presentation. I find treating the furled butt section of a mono leader with muscillin allows it to float and provides a similar performance to that of a silk leader. This is excellent for dry fly presentations, as well as skating, riffling, or dapping a fly.
Furled floro or mono leaders provide enhanced sensitivity and feel as there is a straighter line angle to the fly with no hinging. These floro leaders are not as effective at deeper presentations in faster water or during winter steelheading, but they provide an alternative to sinking heads or controlled density shooting heads for the traditional spey caster. They allow an angler to control the depth of his presentation by adjusting his cast and rod angles, and mending while stepping downstream. Furled leaders are a simple solution for anglers working through the changing current flow and depths, from the head of the pool, on into the deeper midsection and through to the tail out.
Last edited by Jim Elie; 04-03-2020 at 07:42 AM.