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   Old Thread  #8 31 Jan 2019 at 4.48pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Interesting. Iíd say a length of line is almost as likely to catch up in weed/snags as a leader is?
Iíd much prefer to use extra strong gear, heavy fluro or lead core and do everything I can to avoid the cut offs in the first place.
I know thatís impossible to totally avoid, but since using braided mainline coupled with 20lb fluro leaders and a bit of leadcore Iíve not lost any gear, despite fishing in heavier weed than Iíve ever experienced.
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   Old Thread  #7 31 Jan 2019 at 1.19pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I think that all sounds very sensible Nick.
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   Old Thread  #6 31 Jan 2019 at 1.07pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Basically I work on if there is any weed or snags present then I don't use a leader.

The reason being if I have the misfortune to snap-up with a leader then a fish can be trailing the rig, leaders, possibly the lead, and even if the lead has been ejected, the leader, whatever type, can catch up on weed, roots, snags etc. increasing the chances of tethering.

Leadcore makes the situation even worse, it only takes a small kink to prevent a bead being able to slide off, and that in turn can stop the rig coming free. Even 'heli-safe' is not safe, you NEED the lead on the end to give a point for the rig to pull off, or the leader can fold up on itself 'in half', so the rig can't be ejected

No matter how good you are, the weakest point is the knot closest to the rod tip.
If I do need a shock leader in clear water for distance casting, then I use either Drennan Greased Weasel in Grey 40lb, or 30lb Amnesia in clear or black. Black is softer and more supple.

Next thing, for absolute distance a few yards, helicopter set-up leads will cast further, but in most cases I can reach the spot with a pendant style lead, on a run ring.

I know I have opened Pandora's box for the arguments to start😖😱🙄

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   Old Thread  #5 31 Jan 2019 at 10.43am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I use a leader most of the time now. I often need to cast heavier leads longer distances, or for snag fishing, or when I want to sink the line.
I mainly use Climax Haruna Seamaster Fluorocarbon in 0.50, or for spodding I use Kast King braid that I bought off Ebay.
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   Old Thread  #4 31 Jan 2019 at 0.33am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I like the fluro leaders , they seem to do well on all sorts of lake beds etc , you can ties your own or buy the ready made one's. .
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   Old Thread  #3 30 Jan 2019 at 10.19pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I almost always use 2-3ft of lead core where permitted. Itís possibly a confidence thing but I like to know the last bit is pinned down.
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   Old Thread  #2 30 Jan 2019 at 8.44pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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If youíre not getting cut off then straight through is better.
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   Old Thread  #1 30 Jan 2019 at 7.25pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
When too and when not to use a leader?

And when you do, what do you use?

May be slightly vague but I have never used a leader always just fish straight through from mainline to lead to rig.

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