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Patrick Ferguson

line and leader question

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I use 50lb, 65lb, and 80lb braid.

50lb braid I typically use a 10-15lb leader if needed, and 65lb I usually use a 20 or 25lb leader if needed. I never use a leader with my 80lb braid.

Different techniques call for different line types and size.

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I don't flip or pitch much, but I use a baitcasting rig regularly. Mine if filled with 30# test PP and a 17# test fluorocarbon leader of about 3'. Has worked well for me for years now.

You could probably pull over a tree with 30# braid. Not really convinced heavier line is a true necessity....but I could be wrong. To each his/her own.  :)

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55# samuri braid..I use a 10 or 12 lb leader..mostly 12, even though the dia. of 12 is slightly larger, where the 10 is the same dia. as the braid.

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Leader vs no leader depends on water clarity and structure thickness. I typically use 40 and 50 lb braid. I do not use a leader if I am using it for topwaters. If I am flippin/CR/etc in clear water I usually use a 2-3 foot fluoro leader (17/20 lb). I cannot tell you that the visibility makes that much of a difference, but it gives me more confidence so I am not second guessing myself all day.

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