Now I don't know Mike from the next guy, and he isn't giving me anything for writing this, but I figured that since my original review got more than a few page views, it would be worth noting that Streamside Leaders has since come out with 2 new versions of tenkara lines besides the original monofilament furled line I reviewed.
Descriptions pulled straight from his website, (he's fond of writing in ALL CAPS):
Mystic Creek Tenkara Line ($15.99)
|Mystic Creek Green Hopper|
MYSTIC CREEK LEADERS ARE STREAMSIDE'S HIGHEST QUALITY LEADER AND QUITE POSSIBLY THE BEST FURLED LEADER ON THE MARKET. MYSTIC CREEK OFFERS THE SUPPLENESS OF SILK AND THE CONSISTENCY OF A SYNTHETIC. OUR UNIQUE MONOFILAMENT FADE PROVIDES THE BEST SHOCK ABSORPTION AND TIPPET PROTECTION AROUND.
MYSTIC CREEK LEADERS ARE MADE FROM A HIGHER QUALITY POLYESTER AND PREMIUM MONOFILAMENT THAN OUR UNI-BLEND LEADERS THE POLYESTER AND MONOFILAMENT USED IN MYSTIC CREEK LEADERS IS APPROXIMATELY HALF THE DIAMETER OF THE MATERIALS USED IN OUR UNI-BLEND LEADERS. THE LEADERS USE ABOUT TWICE THE THREAD THAT OUR UNI-BLEND LEADERS USE AND HAVE ABOUT 30 PERCENT MORE TWIST IN THEM.
THE MYSTIC CREEK POLYESTER IS MORE OF A CONTINUOUS BONDED FIBER THAN A LONG FIBER WHICH RESULTS IN A SHARPER LESS FUZZY LEADER. ONE OF MY PRODUCT TESTERS SWORE THAT THEY WERE MADE FROM SILK AND COULD NOT BELIEVE THAT THEY PERFORMED BETTER THAN MY UNI-BLEND LEADERS WHICH HE HAS BEEN USING FOR YEARS.
Bi-Filament Tenkara Line ($13.99)
|Bi-Filament Psycho Wolff|
BI-FILAMENT LEADERS ARE A COMBINATION OF UNI-THREAD AND PREMIUM MONOFILAMENT JUST LIKE OUR UNI-BLEND LEADERS. THE DIFFERENCE IS IN THE CONSTRUCTION. THE BI-FILAMENT LEADERS ARE A 50/50 COMBINATION OF UNI-THREAD AND MONOFILAMENT IN THE BUTT AND MID SECTIONS WITH A FADE TO CLEAR AT THE TIPPET END. THEY ARE A BIT STIFFER AND WILL THROW A HEAVIER BUG A BIT BETTER. THEY SHOULD ALSO PERFORM IN THE WIND BETTER AS WELL.
Now I haven't fished either of these, so I can't vouch for their effectiveness. I did just order a Mystic Creek line in "Green Hopper" and will let you all know how it performs upon arrival. At prices half of what you'd find elsewhere for a furled tenkara line, experimenting with different styles (& colors) can be almost addicting.