THE BASICS TO CHOOSING LEADER LINE
One of the basic fishing skills that any angler must learn is tying a different kind of line into your main fishing line. It might sound crazy, but the line you will be tying and extra length of fishing line to the end of your fishing, called a leader line. Leader line can significantly affect your success rate in catching a fish. Learn more about leader line, its purpose and choosing the right one for your fishing situation.
HOW IS LEADER LINE USED
This leader line is tied to the end of your main fishing line and the other end is attached to your lure or bait rig.
One of the reasons for using leader lines is to provide better protection against fish with very sharp teeth, reefs, rocks and even shell-covered pylons. In short, leader line is designed to protect against abrasion where the mainline would get shredded. Another reason is that leader lines are used is to “hide” the main fishing line, so that the fish will find it harder to see the leader line attached to the bait rig or lure. This is how leader lines are generally used to help in catching more fish.
The next question is which leader line to choose? Before you can answer that question, you need to know the two different types of leaders that anglers commonly use. The most common choice is between the standard monofilament leader and fluorocarbon monofilament leader.
STANDARD MONOFILAMENT LEADER
Monofilament lines consist of a single strand of line, hence the name, monofilament. Standard monofilament leader is a cheaper option compared to the fluorocarbon monofilament leader. Monofilament lines feature water absorption characteristics and are also very elastic. Nevertheless, the reason why it is used as leader line is the ability to provide abrasion resistance resistant.
Standard monofilament leader lines are great for fishing anywhere there’s a big chance that your line will get snagged. Reefs are a good example. That’s where the abrasion resistant property and lower cost of the monofilament line comes in handy.
It’s also great for trolling lures as it also has a good ability to stretch over other fishing lines. Standard monofilament leader lines will act as a shock absorber. Overall, standard monofilament lines are great for fishing in the surf, deep water jigging and trolling.
FLUOROCARBON MONOFILAMENT LEADER
Fluorocarbon monofilament leaders are made up of a broad family of compounds, including organics composed of carbon, chlorine and fluorine. Fluorocarbon molecules are more tightly packed and therefore give a leader line that heavier than the standard monofilament leader. The line is also denser compared to the standard monofilament lines.
This means fluorocarbon leader lines generally absorb less water. It also has limited stretchability and has refractive capabilities, which causes the line to be much more ‘invisible’ in the water when hit by sunlight. It is much more durable but is more expensive. It also has abrasion-resistant qualities similar to the standard monofilament lines.
Fluorocarbon monofilament lines are less manageable mainly because they are stiffer and has more memory. It sinks faster since it is a heavier line, doesn’t provide the shock absorption of standard monofilament line, although fluorocarbon leaders are also very popular.
Fluorocarbon monofilament lines are an excellent choice for presentations where you want low visibility, hook setting power and where strength and sensitivity of your line are crucial. Remember that fluorocarbon offers extra abrasion resistance and allows you to add more finesse to your presentation.
Choosing the leader line you’ll be using will depend on the situation and the type of fishing you’ll be doing. Now that you know what each type of leader line is capable of, you should be able to increase your success rate the next time you go fishing. There’s probably more but I think I have covered the basics of choosing the best leader line for most fishing situations. Good retailers generally provide some advice on the leader lines they have on offer.
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