Why You Should Use Leader When Fishing With Braid

Do you know why you should use leader when fishing with braid?

This is a vital step to successful inshore saltwater fishing.

Click below to find out the reasons why!!!

Why You Should Use Leader When Fishing With Braid [VIDEO]

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When you are fishing inshore, typically, it is with braided fishing line.

Braided line has various advantages like being very thin in diameter and strong.

This enables better casting distance and enables you to put more line on the spool if needed.

The downside to braid is it does not really have much abrasion resistance.

If braid nicks anything sharp or rough, it usually snaps very quickly.

Another thing to note is braid does not have any stretch in it.

When you go to set the hook or while you are fighting a fish, you can possibly pull the hook or straighten out a hook if you are fishing with heavier gear.

Lastly, braid is not as stealthy in the water as clear monofilament or fluorocarbon leader material.

If you are fishing with monofilament or fluorocarbon as your mainline on the spool of your reel, you really don’t have to use a leader.

However, you can add a small bite-tippet on the end with a stronger line.

This helps with abrasion resistance if you’re going after tarpon or snook.

Or you can downsize the leader if you want a more stealth presentation.

Why Use Leader Material

  • Shock absorption

Braid does not have any stretch as I mentioned before so the leader material acts as a shock absorber.

  • Abrasion Resistance

Fluorocarbon and monofilament are more abrasion resistant than braided fishing line.

I have found the softer the material you are fishing with, the better the abrasion resistance.

If you are fishing with a stiff and rigid leader line, it tends to chafe much easier.

  • Stealth

Finally, leader material is more stealthy in the water.

Fluorocarbon tends to give off less glare in the water if the sun shines directly on the line.

Monofilament tends to be the cheaper option across the board.

This is a hotly debated topic.

I personally have always used fluorocarbon material and it’s just what I’ve stuck to and become familiar with.

Whichever line you choose, leader line has its advantages when inshore fishing with braided line.

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3 days ago

Thanks for the info Tony.

Steven Free
7 days ago

Yes I agree when I first started fishing with braid 20 years ago I didnot use a leader and didnot catch nearly as many fish but once I started using a leader my catch rates skyrocketed where you and the majority of saltstrong lives and fishes central and South fl that is a leader is a definite must because of your clear water that you fish where stealth here where I live and fish is not really an issue because out water here is murky most of the year but abrasion resistance is needed wherever you fish and I do agree braid alone is not good for that and a leader males up for the braids weakness thanks for the info and all you do👍😉

Jerred Reidling
7 days ago

How much line should you use for your leader?

Daniel Fuentes
7 days ago

What knot is the best for bread. Bread does not do well with fishermen’s knot

Ron Rudolph
7 days ago

Great informational video on leaders, Thanks.

Tim Groner
8 days ago

Enjoyed your video on leaders. How long a leader do you recommend?What knots do you use for attaching? What’s your take on line twist/ solution? And, at what point do you change the leader when it becomes short?

Thomas Utley
8 days ago

Another very good video and Tony presented it well … It had great information in it on whether to use flora carbon line or just mono … I am beginning to think that I made the correct decision long ago to just use mono for all my leader material needs ..
However, thanks and another good video indeed … !

William Fishburne
8 days ago

Is there any quality difference between Ande mono for the main line and Ande leader?

Pablo Diaz
8 days ago

Great video and tip Tony!!! It was a pleasure meeting you at the event

Theodore Miller
8 days ago

Thanks for info


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