Q: What is rubbing leader and what does it do? What types of fishing is it for?
PETER MASON, LICHFIELD, STAFFS
DL says: A rubbing leader is a short length of heavy line, usually around 15-20ft, tied between the hook and the mainline.
Its purpose is to prevent the line breaking off, rather than being bitten off, which can occur when targeting certain species of fish that can become wrapped in the line during the fight, notably billfish, tuna and tarpon.
Rubbing leaders are used for shark fishing, too, but include a short length of wire between leader and hook, to prevent bite-offs.
A rubbing leader is fitted between the hooklength and the mainline. Protection