What Size Leader for 20 lb Braid?
When it comes to having a 20-pound braid, you’re going to want to have a 6-12 pound leader. However, it all really depends on what lures or baits you’ll be using. If you’re using smaller lures, then you can get away with having a lighter leader. But if you’re using bigger baits, then you’ll need a heavier leader in order to be successful.
Additionally, you should choose the leader based on cover and current. If there’s a lot of cover in the water, then you’ll want to use a heavier leader so that the fish can’t see it as easily. And if there’s a lot of currents, then you’ll want to use a lighter leader so that it doesn’t get pulled around as much.
Everything is Based on Situational
Keep in mind that everything is all situational. It really depends on where you live and what type of fishing you’re doing. In Southern California, for example, many anglers use heavier test braids because the fish are bigger and tougher.
But in the Pacific Northwest, some anglers will go with a 20-30 pound powerpro leader to an equal pound test fluoro. So it all just depends on what’s going on in your neck of the woods. Make sure to experiment with different leader sizes until you find what works best for you.
Benefits of Using a Braided Fishing Line
There are a ton of benefits of using a braided fishing line. Some of the main benefits include great casting performance (due to its thinness) and a lesser chance of twisting. You’ll also be able to spool greater lengths on your fishing reel, which will come in handy while you’re out on the water. Additionally, braided lines are able to get certain lures deeper – which can be a major advantage when fishing for big fish.
For instance, when it comes to fishing lines for trout, we use a Piscifun Onyx braided line in an 8-10 pound test. This gives us the perfect balance of sensitivity and strength. We’re able to detect those subtle strikes, yet we have the power to fight and land some big fish.
Why a Leader?
The purpose of a fishing leader is to provide protection for the main fishing line and to help with bait presentation. The leader will help to prevent the main fishing line from becoming damaged or breaking, while also presenting the bait in a more natural way.
This is especially important when using lures, as a poorly presented lure can often lead to a missed opportunity.
Types of Fishing Leaders
There are several different types of fishing leaders that you can use, but the three most common are monofilament, fluorocarbon, and wire.
Monofilament Leaders: Monofilament leaders are made from a single strand of nylon and are the most popular type of leader. They are relatively inexpensive and offer good strength-to-diameter ratios.
Fluorocarbon Leaders: Fluorocarbon leaders are made from clear plastic polymer and are nearly invisible in the water. They are more expensive than monofilament leaders, but they offer greater strength and abrasion resistance.
Wire Leaders: Wire leaders are made from stainless steel wire and are very strong yet flexible. They are ideal for trolling or bottom fishing but can be more difficult to use when casting.
Choosing the Right Leader
Now that you know a little bit more about fishing leaders, it’s time to choose the right one for your needs. As we mentioned before, everything is situational – so make sure to take into account the type of fish you’re targeting, the type of water you’re fishing in, and the type of lures or baits you’ll be using.
If you’re still not sure which leader is right for you, feel free to ask a knowledgeable staff member at your local tackle shop. They should be able to point you in the right direction and help you find the perfect leader for your next fishing adventure.
How Do You Match a Leader to a Braid?
When matching a leader to a braided line you can either use a ten, fifteen, or twenty-pound test braided line, depending on the weight of lure you are using. The length of your fluorocarbon leader should be around five to six feet long. You can use scissors to cut it to the desired length.
Attach the leader to the braid with an Alberto knot. This will give you a slim knot that is less likely to catch when making a cast. When making a cast, you want the knot to be around the first or second god on the rod. This will help prevent the line from getting caught on the knot.
Should Leaders Be Heavier Than The Main Line?
Most of the time, your leader line should be lighter in weight than your main line. This will help keep the presentation of your fly more natural, as well as aid in turnover and casting. As a general rule, you want your leader to be about one-third the diameter of your tippet. So, if you’re using a 3X tippet, then your leader should be about 0.012 inches in diameter. Of course, there are always exceptions to this rule— sometimes you’ll want a heavier leader for added turning power or a lighter leader for better presentation— but this guideline will help you get started.
One common mistake that anglers make is using a monofilament leader that’s too heavy. Not only does this create an unnatural presentation, but it can also negatively affect the casting performance of your fly rod. A good rule of thumb is to use a leader that’s about one-third the diameter of your tippet material. For example, if you’re using a 3X tippet, then you should use a leader that’s about 0.012 inches in diameter.
There are times when you’ll want to break this rule and use a heavier or lighter leader, but following this guideline will give you a well-balanced fly rig.
What Knot to Use?
Most anglers use the Alberto knot, as it’s relatively easy to learn and provides a good level of strength. This is the knot that I recommend for most anglers, as it’s a good all-around choice that will work well in most situations. Additionally, this knot is great for joining lines of different diameters such as monofilament or fluorocarbon.
If you’re looking for an even stronger knot, then you might want to try the Surgeons knot. This knot is a bit more complicated to tie, but it’s one of the strongest knots available. It’s perfect for tying large flies or connecting heavy leader tippets to your main line.