How to Connect the Leader to Braid Fishing Line

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In order to attach a leader to braided fishing line for drop shooting, it's important to pay attention to the diameter of the braid and leader. Find out how to ensure that the knots will pull together when connecting a leader to braided fishing line with help from a professional bass fisherman in this free video on connecting leaders to braid fishing line.

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Alright what we are going to show you today is how to attach a leader to braided fishing line and there is a lot of reasons why you might want to try this. The reason why I do it is because for drop shotting o'kay and I use the braided line. This is the second thing that I use braided line other than using top water on a frog and that's using it on a spinning reel, o'kay I get ten pound braided power pro, the braided line is very soft, very limp and the other thing it does is it absorbs line twists. I'm not going to say it is going to prevent line twists and blow ups on your reel but it absorbs it so it helps keeping those kind of things to a minimum and when you are tournament fishing or you are in a competition you have got to control little things so you want to keep that stuff to a minimum. So we've got, we've spooled our spinning reel with the braided fishing line, this is ten pound test and you've got to match the diameter, you've got to pay attention to the diameter of your braid to the diameter of your leader and the leader we're going to use today with this ten pound braid is a six pound Sagoi fluorocarbon. Now an eight pound will work because an eight pound is really pretty close to the same diameter. The six pound test is just a hair smaller, you can feel it and what we're going to tie here is a surgeon's knot. Initially what you have got to do is you put your two, your leader and your braided fishing line, just lay them together and then you are going to take them, give yourself a little bit of room that we're talking six to eight inches here, the two ends together. You don't want to make it too big because then your knots don't pull together and then what you are going to do is you are going to tie pretty much just a basic overhand knot so you tie the knot, you bring the braid and your leader through, pull your leader all the way out and you're going to do this four times, four to five times. You do it any less and it slips, you do it any more and your knot bunches up. So there's one, we're going, two, and four. Now if we can cinch this up properly so you've got your overhand knots all the way up there on the top four times. Now get a hold of the tag ends, you have got your braid on this side and your fishing line and then you have got your leader, your fishing line against the braid. Now hold them very very tight and then what you want to do is just start pulling them together and they'll, the braid will kind of loop up a little bit so I'll stick my finger up in there to get this knot or this loop very small and then I'll just pull them up and you pull them together and you've got your knot and that is called a surgeon's knot and it is very strong and your knot will generally not break if you're breaking it it is because you have got something wrong with the knot twisted up and so you want to make sure you are try and get your line diameters matched up very good. I get a pair of side cutters. I use flush mount. If you go into an electronic's shop and tell them you want some flush mount cutters that are very sharp. That's what I like to do to trim this knot up. You bring it right next to the fishing line, cut the braid and then do the same thing, go right next to the braid and cut your leader off and then you have got this very small compact knot that is going to go through your guides very smoothly.

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