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I thought that a leader is used to protect the line from being chewed up by the fish. If that is true then why is a leader needed when using braided line? :dazed-7:

 

A leader is/can be used for more than just that. Depending on the material (mono, fluorocarbon), you can use a leader to

 

1) preserve your investment in braid by only changing out the leader as needed

2) use a leader with braid for abrasion resistance if you're fishing in rocks, shells, etc.

3) use a leader for easily spooked fish - some feel braid being a solid can spook fish, so a leader can help there...

4) ... there's more others can add

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I thought that a leader is used to protect the line from being chewed up by the fish. If that is true then why is a leader needed when using braided line? :dazed-7:

Braid has about zero abrasion resistance on rocks, mussels etc.

But as Darren stated, it has many other reasons.

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A leader is/can be used for more than just that. Depending on the material (mono, fluorocarbon), you can use a leader to

 

1) preserve your investment in braid by only changing out the leader as needed

2) use a leader with braid for abrasion resistance if you're fishing in rocks, shells, etc.

3) use a leader for easily spooked fish - some feel braid being a solid can spook fish, so a leader can help there...

4) ... there's more others can add

 

i use a fluoro leader on my braid line for plastics mainly because of reasons 2 and 3 above... another good reason is that if you retie often, its easier and cheaper to cut fluoro (i use nail clippers) than braid.

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A leader is/can be used for more than just that. Depending on the material (mono, fluorocarbon), you can use a leader to

 

1) preserve your investment in braid by only changing out the leader as needed

2) use a leader with braid for abrasion resistance if you're fishing in rocks, shells, etc.

3) use a leader for easily spooked fish - some feel braid being a solid can spook fish, so a leader can help there...

4) ... there's more others can add

 

Exactly!! #1 and #2....Is mainly why I use it, but recently I have learned the importance of #3. 

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4) Pike

 

This one had a #9 shad rap deep in her mouth, 12 pound fluoro rubbing on her teeth all the way to the net.  Braid won't do that.

 

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4.1) Fluoro can be a bear to manage, much easier if your only dealing with a few feet as opposed to 150yds.

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It's used when your fishing a clearer body of water than braid will allow, braid isn't clear like Flurocarbon and can spook some skittish fish in clear water.

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I do not use leaders with braid, I tie direct. All of the points mentioned above are very valid too me, I just have never personally have experienced any of them (that I know of LOL).  

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all the reasons listed above..

and as a shock leader for braid as enough shock will snap even my 50# braid

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