To Tie or Not - Factory pre-tied leaders or use your own fishing leaders?

Discussion in 'Misc Fishing Tackle Talk' started by neocats, Apr 8, 2009.

Whick leaders do You use

  1. I use store bought leaders

  2. I tie my own

  3. I don't use leaders

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  1. neocats

    neocats New Member

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    How many people use factory pre-tied leaders as apposed to tieing their own? I have always tied my own, but I am thinking about trying some factory-made leaders for a while to see how they work.
     
  2. Dirtdobber

    Dirtdobber Guest Staff Member

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    I never have used leaders, but after reading some of the posts on BOC I am goning to tie my own and try them.
     

  3. griz

    griz Well-Known Member

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    I don't use leaders or swivels.
     
  4. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    I have more confidence when I tie my own. If using dip baits and Looper Rigs ( Which I love) I cut the leaders off and tie new own. I also use color changes for different pound test leaders.
     
  5. 1mickymoo

    1mickymoo New Member

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    I also use different colors to keep my poundage straight. I always tie my own, snell all offset hooks and palomar knots on the rest.
     
  6. thunderchicken

    thunderchicken New Member

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    Actually I use both, depending on the chances of losing rigs and how fast I can rig a new hook setup. I really haven't had a problem with pre-tied leader breaking. They seem to be as good as hand tied, least for me. Either one is good as far as I'm concerned. One thing I do like when fishing for flats though is using heavy duty swivels and pre-tied heavy mono or steel leaders. They have never failed me and the steel wire is very good on structure abrasion. Tight lines.

    :cool2:
     
  7. 223reload

    223reload New Member

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    I seldom use leaders unles I'm rigged with a slip sinker. Then I tie my own,Nothing against factory jobs,Just the fact that I can buy unrigged hooks way cheaper ,And I like variety. I might use a 18" leader or a 4' leader .If I'm using a bank sinker ,I use a loop knot about 18" up from my weight and loop it through the hook eye.
     
  8. derbycitycatman

    derbycitycatman Well-Known Member

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    Heres another for tying my own, though I havent had many factory ones break. I just like the variety of length, line. I do have some I use for bluegill fishing though, its getting too hard to thread them small hooks.
     
  9. Netmanjack

    Netmanjack New Member

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    I was thinking about switching to dog Chane. No swivels and no lead weights and use key rings to attach the hooks. It would cut cost and be stretch and abrasion resistant! :wink:
     
  10. BIG_D

    BIG_D New Member

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    i tie mine gives me somthing to do in the off seasen and i save a few bucks that way as well
     
  11. smokey

    smokey New Member

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    I dont use leaders or swivels
    smokey
     
  12. bownero

    bownero New Member

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    I'm another one that likes to tie his own leaders. Once in a great while I'll use pre-tied Eagle Claw leaders with hooks, but that's for bait fishing Wipers or Walleye. I like the diversity of tying my own, because of the leader length for different depth conditions. I'll run a 3 to 4' leader when drifting blood bait for Channel Cats. Also I'll use different break strength leaders too. When fishing fast water, Ill go with no leader at all. The weight will run all the way to the hook. That keeps line twist from forming.

    Just go with the flow and experiment!! That's how I roll..
     
  13. Iowa_Josh

    Iowa_Josh New Member

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    Can you get 40# mono tied to premium circle hooks on the cheap? I tie up circles with the uni snell. It's pretty fast once you get on to it. I used to pretie them all but it is too hard to organize.
     
  14. stoney53

    stoney53 Well-Known Member

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    95% of the time i tie my own factory stuff seems to do fine also at least for me
     
  15. lendog

    lendog New Member

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    i like to tie my own also, that way if my knot fails i have no one to blame but myself:confused2:
     
  16. MAX1955

    MAX1955 New Member

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    I tie my own, 95% of the time, the rest of the time I use store bought. I use store bought steel leaders when fishing the ocean.
     
  17. mrdodgeram

    mrdodgeram New Member

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    I like tying my own that way I know the quality of the tie and leader material. I'm an old school man, like doing things myself.
     
  18. Grimpuppy

    Grimpuppy New Member

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    I tie my own also. It doesn't cost me anything to cut off 2 feet of line and make a leader.
     
  19. Snagged2

    Snagged2 New Member

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    I quit using swivels and leaders a long time ago,, recently tried using them after reading some stuff on the site here.. and have quit using them again....
     
  20. tiny b

    tiny b Active Member

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    Started out with store boght but now I tie my own. Never had a problem with a store bought one I just like doing it myself. I use a double line with a no-knot snell.