Questions we've been asked
Frequently asked questions
What is "filament " silk?
Filament silk (which is used in our silk products) is comprised of the entire unwound filament of a silkworm cocoon, which can reach a length of up to 1300 meters. A varying number of these filaments are are combined to produce a continuous filament yarn of a desired diameter. This yields a very soft, smooth, supple, and strong (stronger than steel) yarn.
What is "spun" silk?
Spun silk is made from short bits of silk fiber (generally a waste product) spun into a yarn, similar to how cotton is produced. This leads to a fuzzy, weaker product.
Do you make furled leaders for salmon?
We make furled leaders for virtually any type of fishing, but we do not label them that way. A chinook salmon in the Great Lakes is different than a chinook in the Nushagak River in Alaska, and requires different techniques and equipment. Also, your method of fishing is unique to you. Hopefully we have provided enough information on the pluses and minuses of our various leader material so that you can decide for yourself what would be best for you. If you are new to fly-fishing, we would suggest getting advice from an experienced fisherperson, or a local fly shop.
Why is "Double Furled" better?
Our "Double Furled' leaders are twisted, then furled, then counter-twisted, and finally counter-furled, in order to produce the strongest, balanced, and longest lasting leader possible.
Why do some furled leaders on the internet cost so much less?
The simple explaination is the old adage, "You get what you pay for". Other furled leaders are "single furled" (ours are the only "Double Furled" leaders on the market). Our furled leaders are 9 Stage, whereas others are usually 5 Stage, and sometimes only 3 Stage. Our leaders are made from a great many thin filaments, as opposed to fewer thick filaments. We construct our furled leaders from carefully selected filaments, not thread or fishing line. Finally, as a manufacturer we pay a Federal 10% excise tax on the sale of all our leaders. Someone whipping together a few leaders on their kitchen table, and selling for the prices we have also seen on the internet, might be overlooking this requirement.
Do you have "Free Shipping"?
Unfortunately, after months of searching, we were unable to find a UPS, FedEx, or USPS driver willing to work for nothing. Therefore, we pay the shipping, so there is "No Charge" to you.
Why do most furled leaders seem to be made from thread?
Mainly because it is readily avalable. Keep in mind, thread is a finished product, designed for machine or hand sewing, or for fly tying. It has been twisted to fulfill these purposes. When used to make a furled leader, The first step is to twist the thread, which will either over-twist or untwist the thread, depending upon whether is is "Z" twist or "S" twist,
What is your return policy?
Return within 30 days for any (or no) reason for refund or replacement. If your leader fails while fishing during the first year of use, return for replacement.
What's the difference between "twisting" and "furling"?
"Twisting" and "furling" are sort of a "cause and effect" situation. If you were to take a string with one end in each hand, then start "twisting" it tight under tension, then once tight, release the tension and it will wrap ("furl") around itself.