Metallic leaders are often necessary to avoid cutoffs from Spanish and king mackerel, bluefish, wahoo, barracuda, and sharks.
You can buy at most tackle stores both single-strand and multi-strand wire leaders that are pre-made with a barrel swivel on one end and a clip on the other end. You can usually tie your fishing line to the barrel swivel and clip the lure or hook onto the other end, which contains a snap. These pre-made wire leaders come in lengths ranging from 3-inches to 36-inches as well as different breaking strengths.
The single-strand wire will have the greatest resistance to being bitten through and will be of smaller diameter (and therefore less visible) than the multi-strand wire of an equivalent breaking strain.
But the single-strand wire is prone to kink, which can lead to general disappointment all around. Doubling the single-strand wire leader is a method often used to enhance the flexibility.
In comparison, multi-strand wire (cable) is more flexible and much less prone to kinking - but it is thicker and consequently more visible than single-strand leader wire of equivalent breaking strain.
You can also buy complete rigs where the line used in the rig is a single-strand or multi-strand wire. These rigs generally have a hook, weight, and barrel swivel and are ready to fish.
If you need a store, try BassPro Shop.
Edited by bshepard (07/23/18 09:38 PM)