How To Attach A Furled Leader to Silk Fly Line

Brasstown Creek sells quality Phoenix Silk Fly Line.

The information below for attaching Furled Leader to Silk fly Line is the system used by Brasstown Creek, Inc.  While  this works for us, there are many other methods, some of which may be better – but this is what we use.

1 This is the elegant box that Phoenix Silk Fly Line arrives in.
2 Phoenix Silk Fly Line comes with a container of Red Tin Mucilin Line Treatment. Brasstown Creek also sells genuine Red Tin Mucilin which is made by Thames Fishing Tackle, Ltd. in England.
3 Here is the simple Tension Device we made to aid us in securing Furled Leader onto Silk Fly Line for Leader (angle iron, rubber bands, spring clips, bar clamps).
4 Use your best guess with the initial spacing between the angle irons of your Tension Device; the space between angle irons depends on personal preference. Remember you need to leave enough room to easily wrap the Silk Fly Line.
5 Here is an example of how the Tension Device can keep constant tension onthe Silk Fly Line (this photo uses cord rather than Silk Line). As you see, rubber bands are useful for a lot of things.
6 Brasstown Creek also sells Phoenix Furled Leader. We will use this Furled Leader in our example.
7 Brasstown Creek uses Cyanoacrylate glue as well as the silk thread to secure the the Silk Fly Line and Furled Leader to each other. Here are some items used with the Cyanoacrylate glue (inverted mixing cup, toothpick, tweezers, Cyanoacrylate glue for semi-porous materials)
8 If you use a toothpick to apply the Cyanoacrylate glue, you get better control of the process. Here we place a drop or two of glue on a mixing cup to facilitate application with toothpick.
9 Dip the tip of a toothpick in Cyanoacrylate glue (some glue will initially be absorbed by wood) Use your best judgment to insure sufficient but not excessive glue on toothpick.
10 Form a loop in the Silk Fly Line. You can look at photo 24 to get an idea of the size loop we use. As long as it is sufficient to make a loop-to-loop connection with the Furled Leader, the size is up to you.
11 Using the toothpick dipped in Cyanoacrylate glue, apply a small portion of glue to the junction of the Silk Fly Line at the base of the loop (note, as clarification the loop is not dipped in glue – the glue on the plastic cup is in the background). Do not be excessive, this is only to enable tension to be applied to Silk Fly Line and Furled Leader.
12 At this point clamp the tip of the loop you just glued in the Silk Fly Line in one Spring Clamp and part of the body of the Silk Fly Line in the other clamp. Stretch the rubber bands when applying Clamps so that when released, tension is placed on Silk Fly Line so you can wrap the tag ends of the loop.
13 This photo shows a spool of YLI #100 Silk Thread. Black is used here, but the color is your choice. We use a Fly Tying Bobbin to wrap the thread onto the Silk Fly Line Loop.
14 Attach the YLI Silk Thread at the base of the loop. We use a Constrictor Knot (see the following URL for example of knot: http://www.wikihow.com/Tie-a-Constrictor-Knot)
15 Tighten up the Constrictor Knot; you can apply a small bit of glue to the Constrictor Knot to prevent slippage if you wish. Then cut the tag end of the Constrictor Knot.
16 Begin to wrap Silk Thread down the tag end of the loop.
17 As you near the end of your intended wrap, cut off the tag end of the Silk Fly Line
18 This photo shows the wrap almost to the end of the cut tag end of the Silk Fly Line.
19 Complete the first wrap of Silk Thread a bit beyond where you cut the tag end of the Silk Line. Then using a toothpick, apply a thin coat of Cyanoacrylate glue.

20 Begin second wrap which reverses course and heads back toward the start point of the wrap
21 When you reach your starting point, keep tension on the thread with the weight of the bobbin and apply a thin coat of glue the length of the wrap thread
22 Tie a Constrictor Knot, apply a bit more glue, cut the tag end close, and then apply a thin coat of glue along the entire wrapped section
23 Photo shows finished wrapped and glued loop
24 This is a photo of finished loop next to a ruler for perspective.
25 Here is the Phoenix Furled Leader (see photo 6 for the package); The Phoenix Furled Leader has a loop in both ends.
26 This is a close up of the loop in the Butt End of Furled Leader.
27 Here we are inserting the Butt End loop in the Leader through the newly made loop in Silk Fly Line
28 This photo shows the Furled Leader attached to Loop in Silk Fly Line