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#10864140 - 05/22/15 02:04 PM Leader length
tyingknots Offline

Registered: 05/14/09
Posts: 104
I'm starting to use braid more as a main line. How long of a flouro leader to most of you use? Also, does the leader length need to be longer for some techniques, ie, cranks, flipping?

#10864187 - 05/22/15 02:25 PM Re: Leader length [Re: tyingknots]
Jake Shannon(Skeet4Life) Online   content
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Registered: 10/31/10
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Well IMO opinion most of the time you don't need to bother to use a leader with the reaction baits like cranks, spinner baits and chatter baits. has some great tips and videos for using braid on all your rods. he has a detailed video showing the knot he uses. I just throw braid to floro on my spinning rods and I usually use a long leader 8-12ft and reel through the guides.

#10864699 - 05/22/15 05:54 PM Re: Leader length [Re: tyingknots]
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#10865006 - 05/22/15 08:13 PM Re: Leader length [Re: Smurfs]
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I like my knot to be between the reel and the first eye with about 2-3 feet past the tip of rod, so I would say approx 5-6 feet, I do not use a leader on moving baits, I use the crazy Alberto knot.

#10865486 - 05/23/15 01:11 AM Re: Leader length [Re: Happykamper]
RangerRam Offline

Registered: 03/05/15
Posts: 20
Loc: San Antonio, Texas
I've used Braid exclusively for awhile to test it out. Now, I'm putting on a short Flouro leader on some for testing. Crankbaits sometimes tangle Braid around the trebles and cause a mess so I put on a 3' leader and really cleaned things up. I don't buy into the line-shy argument 'cause if the Bass won't bite because they see Braid, what about 2 treble hooks dangling, plus a bug plastic lip with a split ring, and how about that hard plastic crankbait that really does not swim like a minnow? I know confidence is big ang I've caught fish in every type lure made while using straight Braid.
I will always keep trying new methods and I like the leader idea for some applications, but mostly it's the right presentation to a fish that is actually where you are throwing.
To answer your question, I go 2' to 5' but no longer.


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