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How long should my flourocarbon leader be?

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If i'm gonna be dropshotting and in general finessing deep clear water for smallies but still wann use braid as a main line, how long should my flouro leader be? Also whats the best line for medium sized cranks, lipless cranks, and jerkbaits?

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Here is an article on Gary yamamoto using long leaders on braid: insideline.net/articles/spinning-rod-braided.htm

The article is really about selling his rods but it has some great advice on braid and leaders.

I have started using about a 15' leader after reading this as I am fishing fairly shallow swamps here in the lowcountry of SC.

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18" to 36" for me

Knots:

Uni to Uni

Or

Bimini on braid to no name knot on flouro side

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I'm going Yamamoto's way.If I'm retie often lures, going with longer 10-12 ft. If I'm using snap lock,going with 3-7 ft.Uni to Uni works for me very well.It's going very smooth through guides.You can put a drop of glue on it.Never had problem with this knot, but remember you should wetting it.You can't go wrong with 10-12#.

Adam

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One of the reasons I use braid is for the lack of memory. If I need to use any mono/fluorocarbon leader, I certainly don't want to use enough to have it wrapped on the reel spool. That would be adding the very thing I am trying to avoid.

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like that advice so could tie your leader on at a point about 1 ft up from the reel guide and that would give you about a good 10 ' of leader .

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In my case the longest I would be using is 4'-5' depending on the rod length. I certainly would not have it double the rod length and have a kink about 1/2 way in the leader from attaching my bait to the hook keeper.

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I start with about 6-8ft and keep cutting and retying until it shortens to about 2-3ft. I don't want the knot on the reel when I'm casting.

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