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Fireline And Topwater

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I have never used braided/fused line before, always fluorocarbon or monofilament. But I decided to put 10 lb Fireline on one of my reels. Now I'm wondering, when I fish topwater like poppers and jitterbugs can I tie the Fireline directly to the lure, or should I use a monofilament leader? I'm new to braided line so any advice would be appreciated. Thanks

Jar

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The only reason I would tie a leader is because sometimes braid will foul up the hooks on the cast, but even then I almost never tie a leader.

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The only reason I would tie a leader is because sometimes braid will foul up the hooks on the cast, but even then I almost never tie a leader.

So how often do the hooks get caught on the line, enough to cause a problem or just occasionally?

Thanks

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There are a LOT of threads here debating leader or no leader with braid. They are not required. If YOU think it helps, use one. I see no reason to use one for MY fishing so I don't. Since you haven't fished braid before, try it both ways and see what you prefer.

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So how often do the hooks get caught on the line, enough to cause a problem or just occasionally?

Thanks

Not enough to bother me but it happens every now and then. More often with super spooks than anything else

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It might be more difficult with "walking the dog" techniques with braid if youre not used to it since the braid can bunch up/wrap around the hooks, but that can be countered with the practice. I dont think a leader is necessary. Having the right rod for topwater will help as well.

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Looks like I'm giving no leader a shot first then. Thanks for the info.

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