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    Default Methods of waterproofing

    I have some unwaxed polyester thread and looking to waterproof my leaders. The waxed thread seams to repell water very good, but didn't care much for the process of waxing the new leader. I may have done it wrong, so detailed instructions on this would be great as well. I sprayed some with Sillicone Water-Guard, but not sure how often this should be applied. More than anything don't want my leader to absorb to much water making it heavy. Please help me with this dilema!

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    I use Albolene during the winding of the lays, and retreat whenever I redress my line (silk). Seems to work for me.
    R
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    Just a thought - If you make your own furled thread leaders, you could wax each leg before you twist them and allow them to furl together. It should make a tighter twist and tighter furl since the wax would act as a lubricatant too.

    Just a thought and nothing more.....
    Warren
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    I waxed my leader afterwards by soaking them. How would I wax the legs before I furl my legs? The eax started to harden very quickly. Thanks Warren I look forward to learning this.

    Brandon

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    moonlitflies,

    I never use thread furled leaders. I only use Vanish Fluorocarbon Gold due to a furled leader from this material really sinks and takes my streamers and other sub-surface flies down deeper. As an experiment one day, I used bow string wax on both legs of the leader before twisting and then allowed it to furl. It is pretty simple and quick to run the bow string wax up and down both legs and then twisting and furling them. I used bow string wax because it will waterproof a bow string and I figured it might work on a furled leader. The leaders I made were made for a raffle so I do not know how they worked out. One could use the soft paste wax that is sold for waterproofing boots. It would be easy to rub it into the thread legs before twisting them. I also read somewhere that one person hung his thread furled leaders up and rubbed them with a rag that had varnish on it and then allowed the leaders to hang until dry.

    If you try any of the above, please post your results here so others can give it a try.
    Warren
    Fly fishing and fly tying are two things that I do, and when I am doing them, they are the only 2 things I think about. They clear my mind.

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    Contact Kaboom1. He has developed a food safe floatant for thread leaders that works very well.

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    Lightbulb Greetings and welcome to the BB ...

    ... Brandon, from a former Rigby resident.

    Follow the link for a related discussion on floating and submerged furled leaders.

    http://www.flyanglersonline.com/bb/s...Furled-Leaders

    I fish moving water for trout, and we have probably fished a lot of the same stretches of water. If we haven't, you are missing out on some fine fishing right there in your backyard.

    I've been using thread furled leaders almost exclusively for about seven years and only "treated" one to make it float a couple times ( out of maybe 600-700 days using them ) for experimental purposes. I didn't like the results so I kept on fishing thread furled leaders that submerge for everything except stripping streamers and fishing larger, weighted nymphs ( which can be done on thread leaders, but not as well as on heavier duty material, e.g. flouro or Rio Extreme Tippet ).

    Have you tried fishing submerged leaders ?? Have you given that approach a fair chance ?? If not, you might want to do that before worrying about how to make your leaders float.

    John
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