described by Isaac Walton almost 250 years ago, furled tapered leaders
still represent a crowning achievement in the art of leader-making.
Designed to cast small flies over wary fish delicately and precisely,
furled tapered leaders provide a drag-free float and an incredibly soft
and effortless turnover even in windy conditions. They are particularly
effective in spring creek and other situations where complex currents
and slow water give trout time to inspect and reject all but the best-presented
First mentioned in The Compleat Angler in 1766, furled leaders originally
were fashioned from horsehair. Silk, gut and then nylon products later
displaced horsehair. The art of furling these other materials fell into
disuse because of the difficulties and labor involved in hand-crafting
them for commercial use. Only a few dedicated and patient artisans were
willing to learn and practice the time-consuming furling of as many
as 90 feet of leader material into a six-foot masterpiece – the
tapered furled leader.
However, BlueSky now has revived the art of making furled leaders with
tapers, sizes and styles to suit modern fly rod weights from 1 to 9.
They’re the perfect leader for casting tight loops to picky fish.
In fact, BlueSky leaders will cast by hand. Just hold the butt end,
cast it and watch the leader unroll.
these are not hollow-centered braided leaders which absorb moisture
and land heavily on the water. Each BlueSky leader is fashioned from
more than 30 yards of material to produce two separate types of base:
a 5’9” base for stream fishing and an 8’4” base
for still waters. To each, one attaches a 6”-8” permanent
extension as transition to tippets which can now be as long as 20 feet
because of the energy transfer made possible by BlueSky’s design.
Due to the shock-absorbing elasticity of Blue Sky furled tapered leaders,
tippets can be as light as 8X. In addition, BlueSky leaders are durable.
Since only the extender and tippet need adjusting, the life of a furled
base will be measured in months or seasons rather than hours or days.
Waterwisp is pleased to introduce BlueSky furled tapered leaders to
our customers at special prices. For a limited time we’ll automatically
discount the price of each furled leader by $1.00 with any $25.00 minimum
order of Waterwisp flies and/or hooks.
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