Twined or furled leaders

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Step five - attachment

By Henk Verhaar

The large top loop can be attached directly to any loop system on the end of the fly line. The small tippet end loop can be used in a number of different ways. My personal favourite is to attach a short length of 1X mono, looped on both ends, to the small loop, with a loop-to-loop hitch. Then a long length of, say, 3X is attached with a loop-to-loop hitch to the 1X loop, and the rest of the tippet (5X, 5X-6X, 5X-6X-7X) is built up with normal knots. You're now ready to make your first cast with your new twined leader butt!

There's three basic variations:

You can vary monofilament strength (and characteristics of course) to get heavier and stiffer or lighter and more supple leaders. Anything heavier than 3X will however be too stiff to allow even twisting, while anything lighter than 7X will be too fragile to handle (at least for my clumsy hands...).

You can change the strength AND the steepness of the taper also by varying the number of loops, or strands in the different parts of the leader butt. My basic description gives a 7' butt with a taper going from 22 - 16 - 10 - 8 - 6 strands, equivalent in weight, when using 6X mono, to 56/00 - 48/00 - 38/00 - 34/00 - 29/00 mm. Experimentation with steepness is limited (almost) only by your imagination, BUT you'd be hard pressed finding a way to make the final section less than 6 strands...

And finally, you can vary the distances between the plugs, influencing the places in the butt where the transitions are located. However, the given locations are known to work.

Henk Verhaar


User comments
From: Harry Thiele · hfthiele·at·  Link
Submitted January 8th 2015

A nice solution I found to connect tippet to tip of furled leader is to trim off any uneven bits and tie on an Albright Knot, using a length of mono or fluoro tippet material which has 2 parts: the first ties in along the tip of the furled leader, the second around the butt of the tippet with the tippet tapered to the center of the tip of the leader. (This terminal line can be your final tippet or a length of other tippet material like a shock tippet for pike.)

GFF staff comment
From: Martin Joergensen · martin·at·  Link
Submitted June 5th 2011


I leave all knots in there as they are. Yes, they can be seen and felt, but do no harm. there really is no way of removing them as far as I can see.


From: Steven - Full name and email anonymized  Link
Submitted June 4th 2011

Do you do any thing with the original overhand knots once the leader is tied I note on my ones you can see and feel them

From: Ian Warrilow · ianwarrilow·at·  Link
Submitted January 16th 2008

Great article.
I used to use twisted butts before tapered braids came out and I can't wait to make my own. By the way rope is twisted on a "Rope Walk".

Best Regards,


From: Mark Greenwood · cryptomorph·at·  Link
Submitted February 19th 2007

Brilliant article. I was searching for a set of knotted leader setups and found this by accident. An hour or so later (including the walk to a hardware store to buy an 8 foot length of PAR) and with the help of a glued up son, we had our first tapered leader. Simplicity itself thanks!!
Mark and Jamie

From: jack travis · travisjack·at·  Link
Submitted June 24th 2006

this was an absolutely super article. thanks very much

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