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 Posted: Wed Mar 14th, 2007 07:17 pm
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hi guys stupid ?....how long should your leader be,and what pnd should your leader be?ive got sum 35pnd main line:)

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 Posted: Wed Mar 14th, 2007 07:26 pm
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try a .60 or .70 works good my opinion

 

 

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 Posted: Wed Mar 14th, 2007 07:26 pm
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try a .60 or .70 works good my opinion

in competition they use 9m but in everyday fishing i use 11 m reason being u dont wana keep tying leader knots,when u cut ur trace at the end of a days fishing ur leader slowly become shorter and shorter so just steel a meter or so who cares u not fishing comps now.

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Last edited on Wed Mar 14th, 2007 07:30 pm by Riymos

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 Posted: Wed Mar 14th, 2007 07:29 pm
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howzit buddy

thanx,but how long should it be?

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 Posted: Wed Mar 14th, 2007 07:34 pm
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hey there mum

rule is 9 m

an easy way to do it is wind the leader on

just two winds on the spool then measure two rod lengths and bingo u get almos the exact length u need

the rule is 9m so to be exact use a tape measure

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 Posted: Wed Mar 14th, 2007 08:20 pm
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The Primary reason you're using a leader is to take the "shock" off the main line when casting - at least thats according to Barry Wareham, ex Bok captain. The greatest stress you're ever going to put on your line is when you're casting. The second reason you're using a leader is to have something with more abrasion resistance when a fish dives behind a rock for cover.

Therefore..... Riymos is right about the length - you need to have a few wraps around your spool in order to take the shock off your main line when casting. All the pressure from casting is transferred into the first wrap on the reel.

The "general rule" with strength is to use just under double your mainline strength. If your mainline is 35lb, then you should be using a leader of 60-70lb leader.

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Hi Mumro,

 

Reefman is in the money with leader being there for shock protection purposes. I personally don’t use a full measured 9 meters, as I find this can decrease casting range due to the leader knot coming into excessive contact with reel frame and bouncing through your eyes more than necessary.

 

The reason for this sometimes happening is that when you have too many coils of leader line on your spool before your leader knot and you throw, the initial spin up of the spool throws off line marginally faster than the sinker can carry the line away, and with today’s reels with there high capacity spools there is very little clearance around the spool for your leader knot to maneuver in.

 

I personally use 2-3 wraps around the spool, the rod length and a drop of 1.5 meters plus maybe another 20cm for a couple of trace reties.

If using a carbon coated leader I reduce the nylon drop to 0.5 meters and tie in 1.2 meters of 150lb carbon.

 

I think the reason you are only allowed to use a 9 meter leader under SASAA rules in competition is so that okes can’t force fish out when they close.

 

With regard to strength/diameter it all depends on what you fishing for? For edibles double your main line is fine, but for the heavies look more at diameter and abrasion resistance.

For instance in my edible reel I fish a 0.6 - 0.7mm leader depending on the terrain. On my non-edible reel I use 1 – 1.2mm and often end this off with some steel.[size=]

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