Twined or furled leaders

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Step three - procedure

By Henk Verhaar

The basic idea is to make two leader halves, twist these separately, then tie them together and let them untwist -- if done properly, the untwisting of the separate strands wil twist the entire leader in the opposite direction. This is not unlike what happens when making rope in a rope-making factory (there should be a specific English name for such a place, but I'm not familiar with it -- in Dutch it would be a 'Lijnbaan' or 'Touwslagerij').

The processMaking loops
The two halves are similar. You should be studying figure 3 for a schematic representation of the procedure

  • Take the roll of monofilament and make a simple overhand loop in the free end of the mono.
  • Attach the loop to one of the outer hooks on the overhang.
  • Bring the mono around the uppermost plug and then back around the hook, all the while keeping a certain amount of tension on the mono.
  • Bring it around 5 1/2 times, thus creating 5 1/2 loops between the hook and the plug (or 11 strands of mono).
  • The last strand (the last 'half loop') doesn't go around the uppermost plug but continues down to the second plug, goes around, and then back up to the upper plug.
  • Bring it BEHIND the 5 strands of mono forming one side of the first set of loops, then bring forward through the loop, and down, so that it now is linked to the upper set of loops, on the UNDERSIDE of the plug.
  • Make 2 1/2 loops (or 5 strands) this way, then continue to the lower plug.
  • Make 1 1/2 loop here, in the same way described for the second set of loops, then make an overhand loop in the mono, so that we can attach the last 1/2 loop to the plug. You now have a set of interconnected loops, sitting on the plugs.
  • Cut the mono, just after the knot. All this should have been done under a slight but constant tension.
  • Check all the loops for evenness and even tension. Then make the second half in the same way.

User comments
From: Michael - Full name and email anonymized  Link
Submitted November 30th 2012

In english the term for a rope making factory is "cordage." Thank you for authoring what is a true seed article on furling leaders.

GFF staff comment
From: Martin Joergensen · martin·at·  Link
Submitted August 2nd 2008


You are seeing #3. It was just mislabelled "part two". now the heading is find - the the content still the same - #3.


From: Art Hirsch · Hnryvl·at·  Link
Submitted August 2nd 2008

Why can't I get instruction sheet #3. Each time I click on #3 or go to next, I get sheet #2. Please advise. Sincerely

From: Richard Cook · richardcook1978·at·  Link
Submitted June 4th 2008

I wish to know how to maintain tention on the loops whilst anchoring the overhand loop to the last plug. I also want to know is this overhand loop included in the twisting process in other words is it removed from the last plug and passed through the weighted paper clip with the other loops and twisted. also interested as to wether the overhand knot (the actual knot) has any effect on the end result of the twisted leader. any comments appreciated

kind regards Richard

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