How to Tie A Leader to Braid

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“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. ■

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