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FLOAT TUBE FISHING FORUM » Fishing Tactics, Tackle, and reviews » Fishing Tackle And Gear Related Discussions » Your choice of leader material?

Your choice of leader material?

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1Your choice of leader material? Empty Your choice of leader material? on Mon Jul 29, 2019 1:32 pm

SP Dan

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So, as of lately I’ve been using 15-lb Seaguar Inviz-X fluoro-carbon leaders but I have also used mono and co-polymer leader materials in the past as well.

I personally favor the co-polymer over the mono leader material and I am in a tossup between the fluoro-carbon and the co-polymer leader material.
The plus side to the fluoro-carbon leader is that light does not transmit down thru the leader to the bait like it does with a mono leader.

I’ve been using the floral carbon (on and off) for the past 15-years and it has been very dependable and I have landed some very nice fish with it, the fluoro to braid (RP) splice knot and the fluoro to Improved Clinch (IC) knot to the hook have held well for me with no failures.

I am toying with the idea of going back and trying a 12-lb
co-polymer leader again to see if I get better or worse results.

So what leader material do you favor and at what leader weight (pound strength) do you use?
And why?

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2Your choice of leader material? Empty Re: Your choice of leader material? on Mon Jul 29, 2019 5:20 pm

Misfitdog

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Maxima Ultragreen premium copolymer Green , Love that line . If you are throwing heavy swimbaits or light plastics braid to maxima is exceptional . No stretch at all

3Your choice of leader material? Empty Re: Your choice of leader material? on Mon Jul 29, 2019 5:45 pm

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I have only use Mono and Fluoro on my braid lines. I can say that Floro is much better than Mono. What I like is that you get some crazy sensitivity with fluoro and braid combo. Not to change the subject but what is the advantage of a co-polymer? As for what type do I use P-Line Fluoro.


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4Your choice of leader material? Empty Re: Your choice of leader material? on Mon Jul 29, 2019 8:11 pm

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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:I have only use Mono and Fluoro on my braid lines.  I can say that Floro is much better than Mono.  What I like is that you get some crazy sensitivity with fluoro and braid combo.  Not to change the subject but what is the advantage of a co-polymer?  As for what type do I use P-Line Fluoro.

Hi ya Jeff,
My personal experience with Cop-polymer is that it's more abrasion resistant, more sensitive and stronger than mono with less coil memory than mono and fluoro-carbon.

But regardless, all three of these materials still have coil memory to some degree.

And that's why I only use these materials (mono, fluoro & co-polymer) as leaders and I prefer to spool-up with 8-carrier Diawa 30-lb Green Samurai braid.


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5Your choice of leader material? Empty Re: Your choice of leader material? on Mon Jul 29, 2019 10:56 pm

BobBfishin

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For saltwater I typically use 15lb fluoro leader  to braided line. Seagar Red label is solid line IMO. Main benefit for me using fluoro is sensitivity. I've used 12lb co-polymer (P Line) but have more confidence in the 15lb weight for it's additional strength (sharper teeth and breakoffs on pilings). I prefer the fg knot as a line connection but also use the collins or RP knot too. Palomar, Uni, or clinch knots to hook, but I'm starting to use the San Diego jam more often with 15lb leader.
Freshwater I mainly use 10 or 12lb fluoro leader, but go down to 6 and up to 15 application and condition dependant. I'll use 12lb co-polymer leader or strait braid (50-65lb) for topwater applications.
 I use strait mono or co-polymer line 25-30 lb for large swimbait applications. 
Main line on all my reels is braid (Power Pro spectra bait caster or super slick spinning) for sensitivity, strength and longevity.
 I tie a 10-20 feet leader on just about everything so I don't have to change it frequently.
I've heard the Maxima co-polymer is very strong and sensity due to lower stretch compared to other brands, so I'll have to try it out. 
I've been using the Seagar Invizx for almost 2 years and it's good, but Abrazx seems to be less sensitive to line burns with knots.
Bob

6Your choice of leader material? Empty Re: Your choice of leader material? on Tue Jul 30, 2019 10:35 am

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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:For saltwater I typically use 15lb fluoro leader  to braided line. Seagar Red label is solid line IMO. Main benefit for me using fluoro is sensitivity. I've used 12lb co-polymer (P Line) but have more confidence in the 15lb weight for it's additional strength (sharper teeth and breakoffs on pilings). I prefer the fg knot as a line connection but also use the collins or RP knot too. Palomar, Uni, or clinch knots to hook, but I'm starting to use the San Diego jam more often with 15lb leader.
Freshwater I mainly use 10 or 12lb fluoro leader, but go down to 6 and up to 15 application and condition dependant. I'll use 12lb co-polymer leader or strait braid (50-65lb) for topwater applications.
 I use strait mono or co-polymer line 25-30 lb for large swimbait applications. 
Main line on all my reels is braid (Power Pro spectra bait caster or super slick spinning) for sensitivity, strength and longevity.
 I tie a 10-20 feet leader on just about everything so I don't have to change it frequently.
I've heard the Maxima co-polymer is very strong and sensity due to lower stretch compared to other brands, so I'll have to try it out. 
I've been using the Seagar Invizx for almost 2 years and it's good, but Abrazx seems to be less sensitive to line burns with knots.
Bob

Hi ya Bob,
Lot’s of experience that I see here! Thumbs Up
Thank you for sharing.

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7Your choice of leader material? Empty Re: Your choice of leader material? on Tue Jul 30, 2019 10:39 am

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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Maxima Ultragreen premium copolymer Green , Love that line . If you are throwing heavy swimbaits or light plastics braid to maxima is exceptional .  No stretch at all  

Hi ya Misfitdog,
I haven’t tried the Maxima Ultragreen premium copolymer Green as of yet.
Thanks ... I’ll definitely be giving it a try! Thumbs Up
I appreciate your input sir!

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8Your choice of leader material? Empty Re: Your choice of leader material? on Tue Jul 30, 2019 11:32 am

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Lately I have been using fluorocarbon in 8 to 12 pound. I have been really fond of the Berkeley Vanish and the Seaguar Red Label. I seem to get a few more bites with these lines then the 12lb Daiwa Megaforce copolymer line. It seems the fluorocarbon seems to be a better option in the rocks as well.
When the fishing is wide open I don't see a difference. I believe it only makes a difference when the bite is tough or fishing clear water.

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9Your choice of leader material? Empty Re: Your choice of leader material? on Tue Jul 30, 2019 1:26 pm

GT

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I'll chime in on this topic.........I use Izorline XXX Co-polymer on all my bay reels, bait casters (favorite) and spinning. I'm down to 8# test now and feel good about my overall choice. True I do lose some HUB's in the junk, but NO knots, braid to whatever. Most braids have a film coating on them, knots tend to slip in my experience. Second I have to bring along spools of leader. I'm not a patient guy when it comes to fishing, I wanna to fish, not tie knots. But when it gets to my boat gear, braid is a must.
Seaguar Fluoro is my leader, blue label holds a better knot for me. Fluoro is stiffer than co-polymer, changing the effect of the HUB's in smaller weights as they fall. And does anyone notice a difference in the Fluoro during summer storege, leader on rod. My garage gets tripple digits in the summer............GT

10Your choice of leader material? Empty Re: Your choice of leader material? on Tue Jul 30, 2019 3:58 pm

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I mostly use Fluoro. However, if the water has a heavy green tint I will tie on Maxima or Berkley mono with a green tint.


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11Your choice of leader material? Empty Re: Your choice of leader material? on Tue Jul 30, 2019 9:09 pm

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Izorline XXX Co-polymeris also my choice! Thumbs Up
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