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Author Topic: [Fishing Line] Leader or No Leader? That is the Question.  (Read 5607 times)

Offline Oldfart9999

[Fishing Line] Re: Leader or No Leader? That is the Question.
« Reply #15 on: March 24, 2017, 09:09:42 AM »
I do but I'll be experimenting without.
Rodney

Offline Hawghunter

Re: Leader or No Leader? That is the Question.
« Reply #16 on: March 24, 2017, 11:00:13 AM »
I never used to tie a leader.  However, I got sick and tired of losing baits and hooks to toothy critters.  I fish a lake that is heavily populated with pike and to a lesser extent, walleye.  We also have our share of dogfish and gar.  As a result of this considerable frustration, I don't throw a line without tigr steel leader.  I've caught 15 lb pike on this rig without losing a fish.  The hook may get straightened out but the leader holds.  I use line to a teeny 30 lb swivel to tigr to the hook or lure.  The only exception is when I throw an ultralight in the spring.  Other than that, steel leader all the way.

Offline Adam Mihara

Re: Leader or No Leader? That is the Question.
« Reply #17 on: March 30, 2017, 11:04:17 AM »
I've been experimenting with leaders a bit and there's only been one application where it really improved my fishing. I like a Swimjig on braid because of all the gnarly stuff it goes through but I also prefer throwing jigs on fluoro for increased bite numbers. I've been tying the FG knot on 30lb braid to a 15lb fluoro leader. The leader has just enough give for a more forgiving hookset on such a fast presentation. I don't have to worry about fish seeing my braid coming off the nose of my jig. Seems like a win-win so far.

That FG knot is really something. I can't link to it while I'm at work but well worth checking out if you have time.

Offline Lunchbox

Re: Leader or No Leader? That is the Question.
« Reply #18 on: March 30, 2017, 02:08:43 PM »
I've got your back @Adam Mihara !

How to tie the FG Knot animated illustrated and described | Fishing Knots

Or for those of you who are visually oriented we have "youtube" as well.

The knot looks interesting and I am willing to give it a shot. I am sure with practice it becomes easy to tie but right now it looks like something I would not like to try with out some practice first.

Offline Adam Mihara

Re: Leader or No Leader? That is the Question.
« Reply #19 on: March 30, 2017, 02:34:26 PM »
The knot looks interesting and I am willing to give it a shot. I am sure with practice it becomes easy to tie but right now it looks like something I would not like to try with out some practice first.

You know it takes a bit of practice and a good memory to know which direction you've weaved the line. Super strong and goes through guides like lightning.

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Re: Leader or No Leader? That is the Question.
« Reply #20 on: April 08, 2017, 07:56:17 AM »
I use a leader on any reel that I have braid. 

 Lake St Clair,  Wawasee, Coldwater Lake,  and Clear lake all have fishing pressure and are extremely clear. 

I tie a "Crazy Alberto knot" and keep the leader just short enough to keep out of the reel. Usually 7 to 10 feet of fluorocarbon. 
I try to use the lightest line that I can get away with. 6 to 8 pound test is most typically used, but I have dropped to 4 pound test on finesse rigs.
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Offline iamski

Re: Leader or No Leader? That is the Question.
« Reply #21 on: April 09, 2017, 09:39:24 AM »
I don't use a leader, but this year I'm going to for skipping under docks on braid. 20# braid with 12# flouro. Only I'm using a # 10 barrel swivel to connect it. That's the way Randy Howell sets his.


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Offline aixelsid

Re: Leader or No Leader? That is the Question.
« Reply #22 on: May 25, 2017, 08:09:23 PM »
Ok you talked me into it. I spoiled 2 spinning and a casting set up. Mono backing, main line prowler pro, flouro leader.  Much improvement on the spinning gear. Not much different on the round reel.  The bite feels different. I guess I would say I feel more of a sharp tap in the line and not so much the pulling feeling over the whole rod.  I did get stuck with one spinning 10 lb braid and 8 lb leader.  It finally broke at my leader knot. Now that's probably my fault seeing that I've just started using the Alberto. I will say I pulled a lot harder than I normally do the copolymer I had would have already broke.

Offline RichZ

Re: Leader or No Leader? That is the Question.
« Reply #23 on: May 27, 2017, 07:42:10 PM »
I use mono leader for topwater fishing, and either fluoro or no leader for mid column and bottom type presentations. Everything from 6 or 8# fluoro on 8 or 10# braid for drop shots and grub fishing to 25# mono on 30# braid, topwater fishing for stripers. 20# braid with no leader for spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, etc, and for flipping weeds. Any presentation that will be contacting rocks, I use an appropriate fluoro leader.  Braid doesn't get along well in contact with rocks. I know most guys use super heavy braid for fishing in heavy vegies, but I've found that thinner braid cuts the weeds easier, so I almost never have to deal with dragging a big clump of greenery, and can't remember ever breaking 20# braid on a fish, even when flipping water chestnut.

When I use a leader, I always tie it on with a seaguar knot. Small, quick and easy to tie and never fails me.

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