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Offline 207browntrout

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Can I use braid for a leader?
« on: Jan 31, 2012, 03:53 PM »
A buddy gave me a spool of 50lb suffix braid. can I use this for a leader for pike? also what knot would you use? palomar? and how long of a leader do you use?  thank you for any info

Offline fishinaround

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Re: Can I use braid for a leader?
« Reply #1 on: Jan 31, 2012, 03:56 PM »
i have done it with standard fishermans knots, just make sure you do like 12 wraps and you should be good to go.
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Re: Can I use braid for a leader?
« Reply #2 on: Jan 31, 2012, 03:59 PM »
Sure, if you don't mind getting bit off.........Otherwise, no. Braid would be my very last choice for pike. Any other plastic (fluoro or hard nylon) my next to last.

Of course, there will be dissenting opinions.........

Just my opinion based on my experiences........... ...User mileage may vary.

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Re: Can I use braid for a leader?
« Reply #3 on: Jan 31, 2012, 04:12 PM »
I agree, braid does not make the best leader material even though you can by leaders made out of braid in stores. Titanium, steel or heavy fluorocarbon leader would be a better choice.

If you want to give the braid a try I would tie 2 lengths of your leader materiel to the same attachment and snap, that way if a pike cuts one length of braid you have a backup.

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Offline mattg

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Re: Can I use braid for a leader?
« Reply #4 on: Jan 31, 2012, 06:25 PM »
Even small pike can slice through thick braid like nothing if it catches their teeth just right. 
I agree that braid would be the very last material I would choose for pike leader

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Re: Can I use braid for a leader?
« Reply #5 on: Jan 31, 2012, 11:08 PM »
FLOROCARBON.

Offline Gman315

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Re: Can I use braid for a leader?
« Reply #6 on: Feb 01, 2012, 03:30 PM »
I've been bit off on braid before, second the fluorocarbon

Offline BIGCREW

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Re: Can I use braid for a leader?
« Reply #7 on: Feb 01, 2012, 07:38 PM »
try some toothey critter leader I think its made by cortland,I bought some a few years ago at gander mtn its good stuff a little hard to tie but once you get the right knot its not so bad I found that wrapping the line around itself 5 times and then back through the loop in the line by the hook worked best for me

Offline m_t_u

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Re: Can I use braid for a leader?
« Reply #8 on: Feb 02, 2012, 07:03 PM »
Braid or Fleuro is not strong enough to overcome the cutting areas on pike teeth. Everyone here does know that pike teeth are like a (non-symmetrical) pyramid ... there are razor edges going up the tooth; they're not just pointy at the end, right? Cuts non-wire leaders easily.

Use titanium if you want a flexible, non-kinking, long lasting wire leader.

Offline dkillay64

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Re: Can I use braid for a leader?
« Reply #9 on: Feb 03, 2012, 09:06 AM »
braid is good for anything BESIDES a leader, those toothy critters will tear right through it

Offline 207browntrout

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Re: Can I use braid for a leader?
« Reply #10 on: Feb 03, 2012, 01:26 PM »
well I tied some up with braid,fluoro,and steel I will report back tomorrow night with the results. thanks

 



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