What type of leader are you using on the water
- mono or fluorocarbon? The tackle shop or even your tackle box can be
an intimidating place when you aren't sure what to grab.
Monofilament line got its name by being made of one single strand
of line - mono (single) filament. Standard monofilament leader can be a
cheaper option for putting leader onto the end of your main line, but
as with all things in fishing if you want to spend more money the option
is always there!
The general characteristics to be aware of
with monofilament leader are that it absorbs water, it stretches, it
has good quality abrasion resistance, it absorbs sunlight and as stated
above it’s generally quite cheap.
Depending on the type of
fishing you are doing this can bring positives and negatives. If you
are fishing in reefy territory where there’s a likelihood of getting
snagged, the price of that leader is going to be a benefit to you
through its abrasion resistance. If you’re fishing with surface lures
the line’s water absorption makes it heavy and it will start sinking
which will ultimately have an effect on the action of your lures as will
the line’s visibility due to it absorbing sunlight. If you’re trolling
lures, the stretch of the line will help act as a shock absorber when
the lure gets hit.
Fluorocarbon leader is still a single
filament line but its make-up is slightly different and the first thing
this affects is the price. Fluoro is significantly more expensive than
standard monofilament leader. Fluoro is less porous than mono which
means it absorbs little water, it sinks, and it also has a ‘refractive
index’ very close to water which results in sun shining through the
leader therefore making it difficult for fish to see it. The leader is
also more abrasion resistant and it has a low level of stretch.
If you’re lure fishing in extremely clear water, using leader which is
difficult to see underwater will only make your lure more appealing to a
fish. As the leader doesn’t absorb water or sunlight this also ensures
the line has a longer shelf-life and it won’t break down as quickly as
monofilament line. The low stretch nature of the line will also help to
feel smaller bites.
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