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What is “leader line” and Why Should I Use it?

These may seem like two very simple questions, but there are a number of factors you should consider as to why you would even think about using a leader line. Let’s take a minute & share some tips with you.

What is leader line?

Before we start, I should explain that leader line is a length of fishing line which is attached to your main fishing line…it’s the line which will end up being tied to your lure.

Typically, true leader line is normally a bit “stiffer’ than regular fishing line…some leader lines are even flat, instead of round. However, any fishing line can be used as a leader line.

When should I use leader line?

There are a few different scenarios where you will want to use a leader line. For example, if your main spool of line is spooled up with monofilament fishing line, then you may want to tie on a fluorocarbon leader.

The fluorocarbon leader is virtually invisible to fish, which will help you get more hits. Fluorocarbon line is also very abrasion resistant, so it will take more abuse if you are fishing rough structure, and save your main spool of line from the wear and tear.

on_the_lineOr, you may simply want to tie on a monofilament leader to your main spool of monofilament line. In this case, perhaps your main fishing line on your spool is 12 lb. test monofilament and you may want to tie on 6 lb. test monofilament as a leader line.

The 12 lb. test monofilament is a thicker line and it will serve as a strong main line – where as the 6 lb. test monofilament line will be less visible to fish and will help you get more hits!

Another scenario is that you may want to tie a monofilament or fluorocarbon leader on to your main spool of braided fishing line. In this case, the monofilament line or the fluorocarbon line would both be less visible to the fish than the braided line.

Because braided line is so visible, as a general rule, it is always preferred to use a leader line with braid. If your main spool of line is monofilament line or fluorocarbon line, then a leader line is optional.


In any case, the most popular reasons to use a leader line are because you want a line which is less visible to fish – and/or a line which is more abrasion resistant. Other reasons could include the fact that you may want a stronger line as a leader, but these cases are rare.

Leader line – use it when you can & I’m sure this will put you on to more fish!

Until next time, good luck & good fishin’!

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