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  • CrossBreed Tenkara Line

    As many of you probably know we have released a new style of line that we call it the Crossbreed. We teamed up with Rio who makes a PVC floating line for us and we make the furled tip section of the line. I just wanted to talk about the line in more detail and some fun things we have learned while using them.
    The furled line is made from one single strand of thread that is wrapped back and forth 14 times. Next the line is spun a couple different times to make it furl and you end up with a furled line that is very strong, lightweight and supple. Sounds simple but it is actually quite a process.  It is the same method we use to make our normal Tenkara lines.  
    PVC Tenkara Line
    Furled lines are a traditional style of fishing. Some of the first fly lines were braided or furled out of materials like horse hair. The benefit of using a furled line is presentation and virtually no memory. Because the line is lightweight you can present small dry flies with precision. With the line being so lightweight it can create some problems in the wind. There is not really a need for a heavy weighted line with a Tenkara rod because you are not casting 40-60 feet of line. Another issue you might run into with a furled line is it does not float. Some people prefer for the line to sink or sit subsurface which is why we do not treat any of our lines with floatant. But there are many who fish tenkara that like the furled line to float, this is why we sell Payette Paste from Loon Outdoors.
    A PVC line with a supple core has low memory, cuts through wind like a Ginsu Knife cutting through a beer can and floats like a battleship. A PVC line is durable and can even be washed using a fly line cleaner. 
    CrossBreed Tenkara line
    When you combine a PVC running line with a short furled tip section you eliminate the some of the issues mentioned above. Because the body of the line is PVC the Crossbreedcasts in wind better than a furled line, and will float. Crossbreed will still have the delicate presentation of a furled line because of the tip section. 
    Now how do you use it? I think the Crossbreed is a great all around line for a few different reasons. If you want to fish small dries you want your line to float as much as possible. If a section of line sinks then it can cause the fly to drag. So what I do with a Crossbreed line is apply Payette Paste on the furled portion of the line and use a monofilament tippet, not flourocarbon because flouro tends to sink more than mono. Now you have a line that will float well throughout and still present small dries. For nymphing I use a couple different techniques with a crossbreed. I sometimes will apply Payette Paste to the furled portion and use a fluorocarbon tippet so the flies sink. My indicator is the tip section of my furled line. Whenever the tip of the line dips or turns set the hook. This works well on small streams that are not very deep and you can adjust the length of tippet for how deep you need to be. Another method we like for nymhping is no floatant on the furled section at all. This will make the tip of the PVC portion of the line your indicator and you can get a little deeper. 
    Tenkara Salmon Fishing

    If you have any methods of fishing with a Crossbreed line please let us know what works for you. 

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    • Jay Falzarano on

      Just ordered it yesterday – I wait with anticipation for its arrival! Gonna get out and do some wild Brook Trout fishing New Jersey style!

    • Kirk Mayer on

      I tried this today using floatant on the furled tip then a fish pimp strike indicator on 4 ft of 4lb flourocarbon to a blood knot with a dropper loop attached to a BH hare’s ear (#18), then 16 inches of 6x to the top of a BH pheasant tail (#18), then from the other side of eye 6 inches of 6x to BB shot. Lights out! Super light and easy way to indicator fish for wild browns on small, gin clear Pennsylvania streams, The crossbreed casts indicator rigs great! Thanks for making a great product.

    • Rick on

      new to tenkara, how about braided line?

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