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How long a leader? #10665687 03/04/15 02:09 AM
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Been fishing braid with a fluro leader for-well, seems like forever. I use a 4-6 ft fluro
leader but I'm fishing clear water a lot and wondering if I should go longer.

Just wondered what others are doing.

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Re: How long a leader? [Re: kirbydog] #10665698 03/04/15 02:11 AM
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4-6 foot is longer than I was going to recommend

Re: How long a leader? [Re: kirbydog] #10665706 03/04/15 02:14 AM
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Originally Posted By: kirbydog
Been fishing braid with a fluro leader for-well, seems like forever. I use a 4-6 ft fluro
leader but I'm fishing clear water a lot and wondering if I should go longer.

Just wondered what others are doing.


I like to have about two foot past the last eye and I like my connection to be between the reel and the first eye if that makes any sense, so I guess I like a 5 to 6 foot leader as well.


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Re: How long a leader? [Re: kirbydog] #10665743 03/04/15 02:21 AM
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I just slide my pegged weight up the line to about 3 ft., no leader. I have caught many 7's and 8's on Amistad. It doesn't get much clearer than that. Also fished with many other fisherman in the boat using all kinds of rigs. I can't tell any difference; but I am fishing 20 to 35 ft. deep.


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Re: How long a leader? [Re: Happykamper] #10666068 03/04/15 03:34 AM
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Yep
I like my knot just off the reel and between the first eye.
I use 20lb floro. Don't like the knot up on the spool. Has to pass through the level wind and creates memory on the floro.

Re: How long a leader? [Re: kirbydog] #10666441 03/04/15 10:43 AM
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I use 14# mono for a leader...and about 2'-3' in length for cold water and 3'-4' for warm water...

Re: How long a leader? [Re: kirbydog] #10666601 03/04/15 01:23 PM
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Since you are just connecting the two lines together and not using it for CRigging, 4' is plenty long. Anything longer than that can cause casting problems with the knot sliding through the eye. Personally I'm not a big fan of the Braid to Fluor/Mono concept BUT there are times when it is applicable. If you go too short then the lack of stretch on the Braid can cause the leader to break unless you loosen your drag slightly or have a med action tip. It's all a matter of adjustment. But there are times that I have had to use it in deep water when the fish are spooky and minimum line stretch is required. Just use a GOOD connection Knot.

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Re: How long a leader? [Re: Bigron119] #10666644 03/04/15 01:43 PM
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The worst thing you can do is have the connection to where it is hanging on the last eyelet or two, you start your cast with it catching, really can be a pain when you are pitching baits, jmho.


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