MemberJanuary 15, 2014 at 1:34 pm
On all my spinning reel I used 20 pound powerpro braid which is I believe at 6 to 8 pound diameter so give me the strength yet it will cast easy. When I spool braid I always make sure there’s good resistant when reeling the spool. Have you ever tried to put 20 pound mono on a spinning real, impossible. Then I use an 8 pound maybe 10 pound mono or fluorocarbon leader with the double Albright knot. So I have the best of both worlds I have strength and can change out what line I want to use depending what lure I use. Also if you are in a little Clearer water it helps to use fluorocarbon with three-foot leader. also it takes me forever to go through fluorocarbon or mono line doing this way. I don’t ever use a leader on my bait caster because you can spool heavier line on that with no problem. Anyway that’s my reasoning I use a leader. Hope that helps.
MemberJanuary 15, 2014 at 1:50 pm
Yes that makes sense. I have had many spinning reels unspool just after opening the bail and have gone to a lighter line. Or braid and now copolymer which sinks. I have been told by others they use a floro leader on lines that tend to float like braid or mono anywhere from 18″ tho 6′ because floro sinks but now even copolyomer users seem to be talking about leaders
MemberJanuary 15, 2014 at 4:14 pm
I’m with aschaeffer12.
I use a leader on most of my spinning rigs. I use 12lb Sunline SX1 with either a 7lb Sunline Sniper Fluoro or 8lb Sunline Shooter leader depending on what I’m doing. I do have one baitcaster that I rig with a leader. It’s one that I use when visiting my In-Laws in Florida. I keep it spooled with 55lb Sunline FX2 braid for fishing a frog, ripping a vibration bait, or anything else that I’m not worried about the line showing. Then, I’ll put a 14lb fluoro leader on it if I’m fishing a slower moving presentation or when I think that line visibility might be an issue. I’ve also heard of some guys who will put a heavy mono leader on rods that they use for flipping/pitching and topwater to act as a “shock absorber” during hooksets. The lack of stretch in the braid can cause the hook to make too big of a hole in the fish’s mouth on a big hookset.
As for copolymer. I used to primarily be a finesse guy. I always used 4-8lb yo-zuri hybrid. It’s great line, but my experience has been that copolymers are tough to manage, with none if the specific upsides of either mono [floats well & inexpensive] or fluoro [sinks, low stretch, less visible in the water]. If you like it, I would say that you should tick with it and don’t worry about a leader.
One other thing…
I have tried a lot of knots to connect my main line to leader. The one that I have liked lately is the Alberto Knot. It is pretty easy to tie, and makes for a pretty streamlined and compact join that has good strength.
MemberJanuary 15, 2014 at 5:26 pmquote simplecircuit:
Couldn’t agree more. I’m a detail guy by nature and as a result, I like tweaking or experimenting with things, knots being one of those “things” (it comes with it’s pros and cons, I know… :D). I know a lot of pros use the double uni knot for connecting they’re main line to their leader. This is great knot but I believe that the double uni knot does not have the strength of a well tied Alberto knot (Also known as the Modified Albright knot), and this has been proven (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2R_2xautA1U). I also believe that double unit comes out a touch larger in size than the Alberto. Having a larger knot can get caught on your eyelets while casting and significantly decrease casting distance and more importantly, this can increase the wear on your knot throughout the day and increase the chances of breaking during a hookset… this is why I choose the Alberto knot when connecting a leader to my main line for bass fishing applications. Having said that, I do find myself using a double uni for crappie fishing with lighter lines (i.e. 4lb-6lb) primarily because I personally I find it a touch easier to tie when dealing with a small diameter line.
Just to echo what the others have said, for me the perks of using a braid main line with a fluorocarbon leader would simply come from having the castability and sensitive of the braid but yet, the invisibility of the fluorocarbon. Essentially the best of both worlds!
There are tons out there but here’s the video I used to help learn the Alberto knot: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J56O3CZVu7M
Hope this helps!
MemberJanuary 15, 2014 at 9:35 pm
Thanks for the replys I finally got the concept you cant have a different rod with every possible line you may want to use, but you can have one or a few rods and just change leaders for different applications.
MemberJanuary 16, 2014 at 9:54 pm
Aside from giving more flexibility to a single rod/reel…
Braid is super strong, super sensitive, casts well, resists line twist and has almost no stretch. It also lasts a really long time compared to fluoro/mono/copoly lines. Unfortunately, in clear or open water, it is SUPER visible. So, in a lot of cases, the upsides of braid are able to be kept while the visibility concern is taken care of by the leader.
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