Stepped Leader


Senior Member

What is a stepped leader? I want to  decrease my diameter line to .18mm. Can I then add one rod lenght of .35mm and then my normal leader line...?

Or is there another type of leader line I can use with .18mm line?


Hi PI,

With 0.18mm line you can use up to a 0.40mm leader without a step down.

Check the Spyker leader knot in the knots and rig section:

I personally use the 0.28mm Reflector or Camo for weights up to M2 and the the 0.35mm for Bigger weights.

The same knot can be used with a braid leader but wrap the braid 8-10 times around the double nylon.

To answer the actual question is where a leader is made with a main leader of 1.6 times the length of the rod, lets say 0.35 then 1m of 0.28 then 1m of 0.22 then your mainline.

I find it to be to much hassle and just more knots to hook on a guide etc so I go straight from mainline to leader, if you rod guide spacing is right your leader won't bunch up and catch the guides


Senior Member
Thanks, another great reply. I knew that there must be better leader knot than the one I"m using. :)

Dean Slater

Senior Member
hey Pi.
Another one for distance casting is to use about 30cm of leader, jus so it goes through the first guide, this section is where 80% of the force is when casting, hence you always snap off at the actual rig when casting hard. just thought you might want to know.....