Love being out fishing but just can’t seem to hook up onto anything? That could possibly be because of the line you’re using! Fish can be extremely picky and quite timid, so one of the best ways to sneak up on them and present your bait or lure in the most enticing way possible, is to make the line as hard as it can be for the fish to see, that’s where Fluorocarbon leader comes in! Discover our selection of virtually invisible fluorocarbon leader line to give you the best chance on your day out on the waters.
Best Fluorocarbon Leader
At Fishing Superstore, we love and are obsessed with all things fishing related. That’s why we spend hours a day sourcing top-quality fishing gear that we know will serve you for the longest time and will not disappoint. Our selection of Fluorocarbon Leader line is no exception - smooth, silent and virtually invisible to any fish. First of all, what is fluorocarbon leader line? It is the type of fishing line that is made from special material, polyvinylidene difluoride. It forms a single line, similar to monofilament. However Fluorocarbon is denser than monofilament, making it more resistant to abrasion. Monofilament is nearly the same density as water, making it neutral-buoyant. This is the opposite of fluorocarbon, which is denser than both, allowing it to sink. Here are a few reasons why our fluorocarbon leader line would be a great addition to your fishing collection:
- Strong. Our Fluorocarbon leader line is made using high-performance and durable components making it some of the most abrasion resistant line you can have. In the short term, fluorocarbon is a much harder material than monofilament. This results in higher abrasion resistance that is useful in situations such as nymphing or fishing around heavy structure.
- Versatile. Fluorocarbon Leader is practically invisible once it hits the water. It sinks up to four times faster than monofilament fishing line and one other thing we should mention is its effectiveness to resist abrasion. Of course it is a little bit stiffer than mono, but this won’t cause a problem so long as you take care to see your knots are fully tightened.
- Hooking Power. Lacking the low-end stretch of nylon mono, fluorocarbon delivers more solid hooksets, even at long distances. If you need to drive the hook home at the end of a long cast, this is a key consideration.
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Frequently Asked Questions
The FG knot is a relatively new braid to mono (or fluoro) knot that has proven to be stronger and thinner than all other braid to leader knots we’ve tested it also happens to be much thinner than all of the other braid to leader knots because the thicker leader line never doubles over like it does for traditional fishing knots.The absolute best and fastest way to tie the FG knot is to thread the leader onto the braid while the braid is under tension.
Other knots such as the Uni-to-Uni and PR Robbin knot are also very good methods of tying Braid to mono or fluorocarbon leader.
Fluorocarbon leader line is clear, abrasion-resistant, and is heavier than water. The line is stiff and does not stretch as much as traditional monofilament. When fishing with braid and fluorocarbon leaders there will be little stretch in the line. This can be good to get a quick hookset but does not absorb quick movements from strong fish. For this reason, reels with quality drag and somewhat flexible poles should be used when fishing with braid and fluorocarbon. Fluorocarbon covers a broad family of compounds, including organics comprised of fluorine, chlorine and carbon, along with synthetics made from hydrocarbons—and has been used in everything from Teflon to Freon. In the fishing world, it's associated with polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF for short). It's extruded in a single strand similar to nylon monofilament. But because fluorocarbon's molecules are more tightly packed, the line is denser and noticeably heavier by size. It also differs from mono in visibility, stretch and durability—all of which affect how it performs in the water.
Low Visibility - One of fluorocarbon's biggest benefits is it's nearly invisible underwater. This is because it doesn't appreciably distort light passing through the line (it has nearly the same refractive index as water), and it's a huge factor in clear water and when targeting skittish fish. Abrasion Resistance - Fluorocarbon's low visibility characteristics allow anglers to use stouter pound test lines in situations such as heavy cover tactics for bass. As an added benefit it also has incredible abrasion resistance and as such has quickly become a top choice of the pros when fishing the thickest cover or dragging baits along the bottom. Sensitivity - Fluoro's tightly packed molecules transmit more energy than mono, better telegraphing information from the other end of the line, such as light bites or your lure ticking bottom. Also boosting sensitivity, fluoro sinks faster than mono, resulting in less slack or bow between the lure and rod tip.
In most cases, the length of your fishing leader should be between 60 to 75 cm (25 - 30 inches) . 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.
Fluorocarbon leader is available at all fishing and tackle shops around the country however for the best price and quality guaranteed, Fishing Superstore is the place to go with our range of leader sizing for 3lb to 80lb we have what you need for the fish you’re chasing. Our range of Austackle Krypto Fluorocarbon and UltraShock Leader is one the best priced ranges in Australia with quality that will not disappoint, from super light 3lb leader perfect for the finesse fishers to light 8lb line perfect for Bass, Bream and Flathead to 80lb heavy UltraShock that will give even the toothiest of big fish a run for its money!