Choosing leader material
There is an absolute wealth of leader material to choose from and it sure can be confusing. Look at it this way; if the water you fish usually carries a bit of colour, say from peat staining, then for most circumstances a basic nylon will do all you want. The long-established Maxima or Drennan Sub Surface are trusted by thousands of anglers and do the job admirably. Muddy water or the early-season discolouration from diatom blooms are the same and there’s little point in using the more expensive fluorocarbons. However, if the water is clear then I’m convinced that there is an advantage to using fluorocarbon. There are two options for fluorocarbons and the finer diameter types can bring distinct advantages if you fish for wild-bred fish or at catch-and-release fisheries. These are the times when smarter fish require a little smarter approach from the angler and it can pay to be aware of what might be a more thoughtful leader set-up for a range of waters, but don’t make it too complicated as this can hinder enjoyment and even success. My bag has some spools of a basic nylon and two types of fluorocarbon. Get to know and trust a limited range instead of swapping brands and then your knot tying will get used to the same materials. In the end, choosing a leader material that suits you is a matter of trial and error. Find your brands and trust them.