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]
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.
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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