This post should provide more information about my new approach to furled lines, even though currently my favorite line is the hand-tied one of TenkaraBum.
Again, these instructions are for a furled tapered line, but you could furl a level line as well, using the same dia/test mono or fc strands.
I am using 3 to 4 different diameters/test of mono or fluorcarbon line (fc), 3 strands each. The tip is a short section of 2 strands, also furled. For ease of reference I will use the term "mono" in the instructions.
First, you will have to think about length, taper and line material of the line you want to furl. This is very subjective and the below is just for illustration purposes; feel free to modify as you like and see fit. For a 12 ft line, as an example, this is what a taper could look like:
- 3 ft of 0.011" dia. mono, 3 strands (total of 0.033")
- 3 ft of 0.010" dia. mono, 3 strands (total of 0.030")
- 3 ft of 0.009" dia. mono, 3 strands (total of 0.027")
- 3 ft of 0.011" dia. mono, 2 strands (total of 0.022")
These instructions here will not employ any weights, dividers, bottles, hooks etc. as used in the first post; which are used to separate the strands, keep tension and avoid tangling. Instead, 3 of your favorite coffee mugs will do the trick (or any other contraption that can separate the loose ends of the strands, such as 3 chairs, a banister on a landing etc. - I am sure you get the idea).
Please excuse the poor quality of the pictures and the video, but it's the best I could do with my little cheap digital camera.
|3 coffee mugs to separate the 3 strands|
|tie them together with a simple knot|
|thread strands through handle of coffee mug - one each|
|just like this|
|a bit fuzzy but hope it shows how the strands are separated by the 3 fingers|
|furled line after "twirl & pull" with right hand|
I tried to make a little movie, unfortunately I had some issues with the focus but I hope you see how it should work.
Once you finished the section, finish it off with another simple knot so that it does not "unfurl".
|simple knot to finish|
|folded line, leaving small loop|
|two strand furl|
|knot sections together with double surgeon's knot...|
|... and pull tight on all ends.|
|clip tag ends|
|clinch knot to backing|
|double surgeon's knot in backing|
|your new line|
|tip end, two strand furl (the shadow might be a bit confusing)|
|butt end with backing loop for attachment to lilian|
Tight Lines, K