Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
midex717

Leader length

9 posts in this topic

Quick question: Is a 36" fluorocarbon leader too long?

Thanks!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It'd be ok for prop topwaters, bucktails, and cranks. I'd stay away from WTD or jerk/glidebaits with them.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

A 3 ft leader is primarily used for trolling.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I prefer a 12-14" for casting. Longer than that for trolling only.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ok, thanks gents, I appreciate the responses!!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

probably an obvious answer so forgive me for asking... but why are trolling leaders so much longer than casting leaders?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The reason I've heard is that sometimes the fish roll in the line when trolling. The longer leader has a couple advantages for this. One is, if it's floro, it doesn't hurt the fish as much as smaller diameter superline would. Also once the fish rolls, it has a good chance of coming back across the teeth. If it's still the leader at that point, it doesn't cut as easily as line does.

I guess it could also help by keeping floating weeds farther from the lure.

Just my guess.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If you are trolling, sometimes you get weeds hung up on the swivel at the top of the leader. The longer leader allows this to happen with less effects on the lure action. Gregg Thomas covers this in his trolling video.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I would guess the only reason a 36" leader would be too long is for casting since performing a figure 8 with that length leader would be tough, especially with a relatively short rod.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0