Best leaders

Discussion in 'Terminal Tackle Review' started by kurt, May 18, 2006.

  1. kurt

    kurt New Member

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    What do you think the best leaders are. Premaid or homemade. If homemade what components
     
  2. bmaultbay

    bmaultbay New Member

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    my homemades are 30lb test cajun red. i have some store bought as well. they are actually trolling leaders, with two hook sets, about 10 inches apart.
     

  3. bluecatnut

    bluecatnut New Member

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    30lb cajun red 12-18 in long
     
  4. Arkansascatman777

    Arkansascatman777 New Member

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    Kurt,
    I use salt water ande. 25 lb. on my reels and 40 lb. for my leaders. I use either a #1 or a 1/0 black barrel swivel and kayle hooks from 7/0 - 10/0. and prefer to make my own leaders from 18 - 24 inches long then use a 2 oz. egg sinker on the main line for a slip sinker. Hope this helps 777
     
  5. copycat

    copycat New Member

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    50# flourocarbon is a good choice for leader. Clear flourocarbon is very low vis. and very durable.
     
  6. kurt

    kurt New Member

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    i just bought a spool of 80# trilene big game, and some barrel swivels. I think when the 80 is tied to the hook and swivel, along with my 50lb test on the reel this will be as strong as leader as any.

    I just hate buying leaders, they seem to always be junk or pricey
     
  7. SilencedMajority

    SilencedMajority New Member

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    I like 50lb mono for a leader. Mono seems to stand up to abrasion real well. Steel leaders almost always kink on me and many premade leaders have snaps that seem to be a weak link. Its good to be able to vary your leader lengths with what your fishing if you tie your own.
     
  8. crazy

    crazy New Member

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    I bought a 700 yard spool of 80LB. big game. I should have enough line for leaders this year.
     
  9. kurt

    kurt New Member

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    that is why im going to mono. I last a 50 or better from a snap breaking. He was right to the bank, and it jus snapped in half
     
  10. reel pleasure

    reel pleasure New Member

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    I gotaa agree with copycat,
    less visibility=more bites

    the bigger/larger fish are line wary and will not bite most times.Low-vis or invisdible flourocarbon will get you better chance at hooking bigger fish or rather more fish in the least.
     
  11. catfishkatmando

    catfishkatmando New Member

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    Some of the big cat water here in WV have musky as wel So I make my own leaders using wire when I want . I like to put a cork float on the leader also so making them my self I can customize them.

    SEE YOU ON THE FISH BANK AT THE NATIONAL GATHERING
     
  12. barbel

    barbel New Member

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    I personally prefer homemade, because that way you can tune your leaders to the current situations. Not only that, but any of the premade leaders that I have used have seemed to have had too much memory, and made of cheap monofilament. Maybe its just me, I dont know, but thats what I have observed.