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Dragonfly Angler–Dragon Fly Leader Review

Furled leaders, falsehoods, and the fly fishing Fairy .  Recently I received several of Dragonfly Angler’s new leaders.  Now I am familiar with furled leaders in concept, I never used one because I was told “Oh they throw spray, the fish see them, and they catch all the junk in the water”.  Now usually this is coming from someone who is selling the one piece tapered leaders.  So when I received the leaders I figured I would throw down the gauntlet, because these are not your standard furled leaders these are what I would call a marriage of a furled leader butt section and carefully crafted knotted leader tip.  I, being the last person to be called a great caster, added another hurdle to for these leaders to overcome.Test one:  Wind resistant flies8’ 4wt rod (St. Croix slow action)Dragon fly leader 5X 9.5’ Fly – Size 10 rubber-legged StimulatorWind – Top of a mountain – It’s always windy and I am the only one that even attempts to fly fish this lake.So I start out with just getting the…

From the Rod Building Department.

I have to admit I have been seriously slacking on posting.  Here is what I have been doing.  Blank is a 4/5 wt 11 foot Switch rod blank from Anglers Roost.  The reel seat is from the broken fiberglass rod build.  The fore grip is a 11 inch Center Pin grip with some turned rubberized cork rings at both ends.  I will be turning the fore grip slightly to give it a bit more shape but being that this is a budget build the price of a Center pin cork grip was $16 a Switch or Spey  $26 – $46 so we will see how it all turns out.

Catching a break…

This was a first.  I have never had a fishing rod break during use.  Took a little stroll the other day to cast foam poppers to Bass.  I was using an 8wt Bass Bug taper line from Orvis for short casts (less than 20 feet) and at that distance it loaded the rod nicely.  I would land the popper next to something that looked promising, let it sit still for a moment, twitch it, wait then a little pop or two.  Then it was onto the next spot.  As I cast I noticed some thing stuck on my line.  Yes it was the tip of the rod.  This rod was never, bumped, dropped or hit with a fly.  In fact it has been treated with kid gloves, always going back to it’s spot in my office.  As I looked at the rod blank I also noticed cracks between the snake guide shown above and the next snake guide.  I don’t know if it was a manufacturing issue, material issue, or the back and forth stress on the Jann’s blank but it let go.  I stripped the guides and reel seat off the blank to save for another project.

Unshackled or What to do when your fishing vehicle breaks…

I think there is a special hell for fisherman when your fishing vehicle breaks.  Not only are you out of transportation, but the time you have to spend fixing said vehicle severely cuts into your time on the water.  I had the wonderful experience to have both rear spring shackles on my 1998 Jeep Cherokee break.  Funny thing was I didn’t notice anything but a strange clunking sound every once and awhile.  At the time I had a bunch of stuff for work in the back of the vehicle, and I reorganized it three times to find out what was moving around.  Only when I looked underneath the Jeep and noticed “Hey isn’t there supposed to be something connecting that leaf spring to the rest of the vehicle?” Did I realize what had happened.  My vehicle was officially unshackled with the springs resting against the body, it was a slow ride home from work that day.  Hopefully soon it will be back in action and I will be back on the water.