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Sunline Sniper Or Shooter For A Fluro Combo With Braid

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Sunline makes fluoro just for leaders. It's pretty good too, been using it for a while.

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for straight fluoro-i prefer shooter but sniper is great and something i use as well

 

for a leader-paying that much for a section of leader material is a monstrous waste of money and pointless

 

get the actual spool of leader material. its pretty cheap

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Hey Matthew,

 

Shooter is much more abrasion resistant than Sniper and has a bit less stretch. A lot of people like Sniper (myself included) because it is really easy to manage and is fantastic on spinning reels. If I had to pick between the two for a braid leader, I would definitely choose Shooter since you don't need the manageability and would want the abrasion resistance. Take a look at Sunline's website since they show you what each line's characteristics are like:

 

http://www.sunlineamerica.com/flourocarbon-line/

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I agree that it seems like a total waste to use Sniper or Shooter for a leader.  How long is a typical leader, 4' or 5'?  Get the most abrasion resistant line you can find and use that, handling shouldn't be an issue at all.

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Leader material is much harder and abrasion resistant. I use seaguar blue label. If your only using a short section line management is not important, so paying big dollars for that characteristic seems funny.

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Shooter. It is a lot more abrasion resistant and more wirery than sniper which is why I prefer Sniper for straight fluoro and shooter for leader. 

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This seems to be a hot topic, some guys like me are using expensive shooter while others don't see the point in paying it for a leader. I couldn't tell you which way to go but I'm very interested to learn more about each perspective. Don't be shy, chip in and let me know. After all, it will help me become a better fisherman

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Shooter. It is a lot more abrasion resistant and more wirery than sniper which is why I prefer Sniper for straight fluoro and shooter for leader.

I get abrasion resistance as a plus but please indulge me and explain why weary is an advantage.

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I get abrasion resistance as a plus but please indulge me and explain why weary is an advantage.

Fluoros that are more wirey are harder, therefore more abrasion resistant. You kinda get two choices with fluoro, manageability or abrasion resistance. The harder less manageable fluoros aren't good as a mainline. They are harder to cast, easier to backlash etc. Softer fluoros are just the opposite but they aren't as tough.

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When you buy a premium fluoro, you're essentially paying for manageability.   Anyone can make a tough, low stretch, super strong, coily fluorocarbon.  The trick is to make a tough, low stretch, super strong fluorocarbon that also has low memory and can be fished as a mainline.  The more expensive fluoros get closest to meeting that mark.  If you're only using 7' of leader, it doesn't have to be manageable because you aren't winding 30 yds of it on a spool and casting it out.   You would better off  buying a tough, coily fluoro that will be strong for your leader.  They make that in leader spools that aren't meant to spool a reel.   That's the way I see it anyway.

 

Ozark Basser beat me to the punch but I'll leave mine up too.

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Thanks. That makes perfect sense. So actually, shooter is a good choice for a Fluro leader to to its abrasion resistance properties while sniper is a bit more manageable so works when used straight.

I'm glad I asked before I put shooter on a reel ;)

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I've never tried shooter on a reel, but I'd say it's better than most harder fluoros. You could definitely get away with it. You might even like it.

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Thanks. That makes perfect sense. So actually, shooter is a good choice for a Fluro leader to to its abrasion resistance properties while sniper is a bit more manageable so works when used straight.

I'm glad I asked before I put shooter on a reel ;)

both are fine for leader material.

 

both are even better for main line. 

 

I have had zero "wirey" issues /w shooter and very rarely ever use line conditioner on it. It is hands down the finest line I've ever used. it manages extremely well, has the lowest stretch of any fluoro I've used and is abrasion resistant. 

 

You are obviously free to spend your money in any way you want but again, paying a premium for a line you use 7' at a time is a waste of money. The only fluorocarbon attributes you get form using braid and a leader are its sinking factor, abrasion resistance and its "invisibility" you don't get its best attribute which is its sensitivity on a slack line. Braid doesn't transmit vibrations on a slack line. if you fish a tightline most of the time, then don't worry about it. get a small spool of actual leader material and call it good. 

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I get abrasion resistance as a plus but please indulge me and explain why weary is an advantage.

I meant that since it is more wirery than Sniper it is abetter leader line than main line IMO. Shooter also has one of the lowest amount of stretch in all flurocarbon. Sometimes when using braid you want a tad of stretch to act as a schock absorber so depedning on what size of baits you are throwing, that is something to consider.

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