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There’s nothing more exciting and rejuvenating than a day spent on an adventurous fishing trip. To have the best fishing experience, it is important to make sure that your fishing equipment is best suited to the weather, the type of water you are fishing in and the type of fish that you are after. One of the most crucial items to have in your fishing inventory is fishing leader line, the less the fish can see you line the less likely they are to get spooked but even more chance to get that bite. Discover our selection of virtually invisible top-notch, strong fishing leader line and make your exciting and rejuvenating fishing trip a rewarding one as well.

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Frequently Asked Questions

First and foremost, the rule is to use a leader line weight less than (weaker) the mainline. For example, if you're using a 15lb braid mainline, you'll likely need a <= 12lb fishing leader line. The reason being if you ever get snagged or hung up, you can break off on your leader line vs. the mainline. When deciding what strength of line I should use as a leader line, a personal rule of thumb is to use the next common line pound test above or below my mainline, unless you're chasing Barramundi, then 60lb leader is acceptable on a 15lb mainline with Barramundis razor sharp gill plates you need thick durable leader. Go with a stronger leader line if you’re concerned with abrasion. Go with a weaker leader line if you’re concerned with line visibility and castability. Either the mainline or leader line strength should exceed the rod’s rated strength.

In most cases, the length of your fishing leader should be between 60 to 75 cm (25 - 30 inches) although personally I normally run 80cm to 100cm, allowing more room to play with before retying main line to the leader. Your leader length can be shorter or longer than this, depending on your fishing style, main fishing line, weather, and surrounding underwater features. Having your leader over 60cm allows you to be able to snap off any abrasion on the line close to the lure or hook without making much of a difference in length and having to retie your braid/ mono to leader knot.

If you're fishing dirty water with poor visibility for the fish, mono can be a fantastic (and affordable) leader line option. Speaking of affordable, one of the biggest advantages of monofilament is the price point, it's cheap. You can get a lot of monofilament leader line for a very low cost. Mono has greater elasticity than fluorocarbon. When you pull monofilament and release it, the line will bounce back to its original form. This elasticity or stretchiness is one of the key selling points of monofilament leaders as it acts as a shock absorber to your already stiff and non-elastic braided main line.

Using leaders with a braided line is not always necessary. Braid is strong and thin, which makes it ideal for surf fishing without the need for any other extension or leader. However, the low flexibility and poor abrasion-resistance of braid, along with its high visibility in the water, create situations where a leader becomes critical. Fishing rough grounds and targeting sharp-toothed fish require the use of a thick mono or fluoro leader in order to minimize the risk of breakage in case your terminal tackle gets rubbed against abrasive objects. Also, when fishing clear waters, a mono or fluoro leader will make your bait look more natural to fish. Braid is known to be more visible in the water and should not be used in clear and calm surf zones.

Modern synthetic fiber-based braided line is the strongest fishing line on the market, and over 10 times stronger than steel, which brings along its own benefits and limitations. Because it's thinner, you can fit way more of it on a spool, enabling use with much smaller spools and reels than with other lines. Braid also casts farther, and because there isn't much stretch to speak of, offers a more direct and arguably surer hook set. That aside, braid is possibly the least forgiving of the fishing lines. It's all too easy to tangle, and the ensuing knots are the hardest to untie due to its relatively small diameter. It's also nearly impossible to break — even when you want it to, in the event of an irretrievable snag — which can mean cutting your expensive line when half of it is still out, costing you a new spool, and the environment any number of reprehensible tragedies.