How to Tie A Leader to Braid
“Essential Skills Fishing 101” How to Tie A Leader to Braid. – TJ Maglio
Braided superlines have a lot of benefits, but the upside comes with two big caveats: Braided line is too visible for clear water or high-pressure situations, and it’s tough to break if the lure snags.
The compromise is to attach a monofilament or fluorocarbon leader. Several knots accomplish the task, but Quaker State pro Matt Arey prefers a double uniknot. Arey recommends a 6- to 10-foot leader, which is long enough to retie baits several times each day without having to replace the entire leader.
Here’s how he ties it.
1. Overlap the two lines by about 6 to 8 inches and then double back the braid, creating a loop. (You can start with either line.)
2. Wrap the tag end of the braid around the leader and the standing part of the braided main line about six times, passing through the loop formed in the previous step with each wrap.
3. Lubricate with saliva, and slowly pull the tag end of the braid until the wraps draw together, but do not cinch it down all the way.
4. Repeat the process with the leader around the standing part of the braid.
5. Lubricate both sets of wraps, and slowly slide them together. Tighten by pulling the tag ends in opposite directions, then gently pulling the standing lines in opposite directions. Trim the tag ends to finish the knot. ■