Monthly Archives: November 2016

Review of Hareline’s 10-ft. Floating Furled Leader

Guest Blogger: Mary S. Kuss, Life-long avid angler, licensed PA fishing guide, founder of the Delaware Valley Women’s Fly Fishing Association

Floating Furled Leader

Floating Furled Leader

I went on a fishing trip to north-central Pennsylvania in late-September, and took the opportunity to field-test Hareline Dubbin’s 10 ft. Floating Furled Leader.

When I first began fly fishing, in the late-1960’s, knotless tapered nylon leaders were a new technology. The early ones were pretty bad; manufacturers still had not worked out effective tapers. I kept right on tying my own knotted tapered nylon leaders from scratch, as had become my habit.

Some years later, I discovered both braided-butt and furled leaders at about the same time. Having tried both types, my conclusion was that they share two major faults. When you snag your fly and have to break off, the leader stretches significantly as you pull against the snag. When the tippet finally breaks, the leader snaps back and ties itself into some very interesting knots that have to be picked out. Sometimes the tippet gets involved, and you have to remove and/or replace it to get the mess sorted. more…

Matching the Hatch, To Do or Not to Do

Guest Blogger: Phil Rispin, fly fisher, photographer & more, find Phil’s photography here

160909-PDR-MKT-Yellow Burnt Wing Adams-0507This past summer I was a very pleased father in-law having sucked my two son in-laws into the fly fishing maelstrom. In fact both of them have voiced the notion that one of the requirements for marrying my daughters was that they become fly fishermen. This may or may not be true but I did build two fly rods as gifts for the young couple at the most recent wedding where I was privileged to be the FOTB (father of the bride), just a small hint really. more…

Waterfall Pools, Part 2

Guest Blogger: Michael Vorhis, author of ARCHANGEL suspense thriller, OPEN DISTANCE adventure thriller & more to come

In Part I of this post we discussed the common topologies and features of waterfall pools and the basins in which they lay. This installment deals with ways of fishing a waterfall pool.

Surely in fish legends and lore, waterfall pools are where they go in the afterlife if they’ve been good. It’s paradise–and plenty of them seem to have swum the straight and narrow in their day, because they’re here in abundance. Besides the richness of the pool’s ecosystem, there’s yet another powerful reason why fish–of course naturally migratory species like salmonids, but in general any species whose instinct is to seek out new haunts–will congragate there. A waterfall of any significant height represents an impassable barrier to unstream-bound fish. They yearn to go further, they cannot, and there they stay, some tossing themselves against the rock from time to time, others simply waiting for the unlikely day the barrier will come down. The pool may become crowded, but as long as sufficient sustenance exists, the fish will remain. As they grow large enough to no longer fear others of size, they’ll “graduate” up from the stream below to inhabit the pool. In summer they stay cool there, in winter they have the depths to save them from a full freeze…and they wait, and eat, and grow. more…