A fishing leader is a line that is connected to the end of the main fishing line. It is the line fishing lures and rigs are tied into. Attaching the two lines is basically done by tying them both with a knot or a swivel which acts as the joining device for both lines.
There are reasons why anglers use a leader line. First, it is used to supply added protection from the sharp edged teeth of the fish, reefs and rocks. The other reason is that a number of fishing lines are extremely detectible underwater, so anglers use the more invisble leader to attach their fishing lures. This helps them in getting more hits. The fluorocarbon leader is basically invisible and undetectable by fish. Additionally, it is abrasion resistant, and therefore can take a lot of aggression when you are fishing in rough formation and can save your main line from corrosion. The fluorocarbon leader line usually descends in the water so it will help to place the bait more swiftly. This is advantageous when using lures like a worm or jig and also when you are fishing a crankbait. A majority of monofilament leaders stretch out but the fluorocarbon line does not extend a lot. Thus, during long casts, it will make your hook position more successfully.
A number of anglers make use of a dense and hefty fishing leader for bigger fish. Additionally it will help to avoid breaking off from the fish or any kind of structure in the water. At the same time a denser fishing leader will help in landing or getting a hooked fish aboard.
A few anglers utilize an extremely heavy fishing line and a leader which is sufficiently heavy for the fish but still lighter than the main line. Some use the wire leaders but these are more challenging and time consuming to make, even if you use it with a few magic wires wrapping kits. This type of leader easily tangles and should be replaced frequently as tangles can embed a weak spot in the fishing leader which would eventually snap on the next big fish.
Making use of the correct fishing leader can be the distinction between a victorious fishing expedition and one that finishes up in the tank. Leaders, the piece of line connecting the fishing line and the fishing lure, are probably one of the most ignored pieces of equipment that anglers use and yet they are one of the most important.
Leaders are made up of a selection of materials like single strand wire, coated or uncoated, titanium, seven strand wire, stainless steel wire, fluorocarbon and hard monofilament. All types of leaders are available in many sizes and lengths. Your own leader could be the weakest or the strongest link in your group. Therefore you should give utmost importance and care in choosing the appropriate leader along with the correct fishing lure for the task at hand.
Most tackle stores provide a multitude of leaders to choose from. If you need help in choosing the appropriate fishing leader and lure you can ask a store employee for suggestions.