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Fluoro Leader Breaking

Post by BigTerp » 22 Apr 2014, 16:10

Starting messing with a fluoro leader this year and have been having issues with the leader breaking off at the hook end, so I gave up. I'm using Cabela's brand fluoro leader in 6# and 15# SpiderWire Stealth Braid. I use a uni-to-uni knot to tie my fluoro to braid and a improved clinch knot to tie my hook to my fluoro leader. Maybe my knot tying skills are lacking? Or I'm using the wrong knot? But I've never had issues with braid or mono breaking at the hook using an imporoved clinch knot. Fishing stained water of my local river, I don't think a fluoro leader is necessary, but once the river clears later this spring and summer I think a fluoro leader may be helpful. Any thoughts on why I'm having breaking issues?
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Post by redbug » 22 Apr 2014, 17:14

floro SUCKS!!!!! that's my thoughts I tried floro for a tournament and broke off 6 or 7 fish all on the hookest
I have been told that because floro doesn't stretch I don't need to set the hook as hard. Well that doesn't fly with me
When I set a hook I want to cross the fishes eyes.
I have also ben told that floro is very sensitive to heat and while cinching down the knot that if it isn't wet enough
the heat will cause it to break. I have had very few knots break on the hookset with mono and even in clear water the fish seem to bite
I am sure that you will get lots of people telling you how great it is and if you use X brand and tie Y knot you wont have a problem
I say if it aint broke my granddad used white line on his reels and caught fish
so I say stick with mono cause FLORO SUCKS!!!!!!!
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Post by Captain Ahab » 22 Apr 2014, 23:40

Not all floro is created equal (and BTW it stretches more then most mono - for some reason there is a myth about floro not stretching - it does, try it. Also, lots of test online will show you, anyway, I digress


I have tried a bunch of different brands, the only floro I will use for leaders is Seaguar - give some of that a try and I think you will be happy

Here are some tests results:

http://www.tackletour.com/reviewfpiintropg2.html
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Post by Jim » 23 Apr 2014, 06:22

Captain Ahab turned me on to Ande Fluoro for leaders and no issues so far fishing for Stripers in the canal!

The only thing annoying is the price..$20 for 50 yards or so.

Last year I tried 30 pound Berkley Big Game mono for a leader for like $8 for a big spool and it works good, no break offs yet…….


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Post by BigTerp » 23 Apr 2014, 08:59

Thanks for the advice!!! May give it another shot with the fluoro I have being careful while tying my knots. If that fails I MIGHT give some of the other brands a try or, more likely, just give up on using a leader.
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Post by MikeSC » 23 Apr 2014, 09:30

I tie the same uni-uni knot but i use the polamar knot for the hook end. As already stated not all floro is created equal. So far using power pro braid (20#) with 10# PLine has worked for me.

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Post by BigTerp » 23 Apr 2014, 10:33

What knot you guys use for the hook end was going to be my next question. Thanks Mike.
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Post by Butthead » 23 Apr 2014, 10:58

I too use a palomar knot at the hook end and have never had a knot break...knock on wood, ha-ha.
I use 50# PowerPro original and super slick with either 12# Trilene Pro Fluoro or BPS XPS Signature Fluoro.

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Post by BigTerp » 23 Apr 2014, 11:22

Just bought some Seagur Blue Label 10# test from Ebay. Thanks for the encourgament :roll:
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Post by Captain Ahab » 23 Apr 2014, 11:33

BigTerp » Wed Apr 23, 2014 9:33 am wrote:What knot you guys use for the hook end was going to be my next question. Thanks Mike.

If you see the tests I posted above a Uni knot seems to work best
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Post by Captain Ahab » 23 Apr 2014, 11:34

Jim » Wed Apr 23, 2014 5:22 am wrote:Captain Ahab turned me on to Ande Fluoro for leaders and no issues so far fishing for Stripers in the canal!

The only thing annoying is the price..$20 for 50 yards or so.

Last year I tried 30 pound Berkley Big Game mono for a leader for like $8 for a big spool and it works good, no break offs yet…….


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Post by Captain Ahab » 23 Apr 2014, 11:39

I few other tips for leaders that work for me


1. Always wet your knots (I actually draw them snug in my mouth);

2. Unless the water is Gin clear - floro is not always beneficial - This, of course, depends on species, lure or bait used and conditions. I really only use floro for smallies in clear small water and tuna when chunking - Other then that, a mono leader has served me very well. I can tell you a few times when smallie fishing where a buddy without floro was not catching and I was and vis versa so it can make a difference,

I can also tell you about time when a buddy had 50lb braid tied direct and I had a floro leader and he caught as many or more.

GOOD LUCK and tight lines
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Post by BigTerp » 23 Apr 2014, 11:59

Thanks Ahab
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Post by jigngrub » 20 May 2014, 00:12

Adjust your drag properly and that won't happen, drag should be set for the weakest link between the reel and hook.
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Post by Pappy » 06 Mar 2015, 00:57

I also used flouro for quite a while. Found that I had to continually keep changing out the leader to keep from breaking it on larger fish. Tying the same knots as most of you are.
Finally said to heck with it and went back to mono leaders with my braid and it is a lot less headaches and doesn't seem to make the slightest difference to the fish.
Know quite a few guys that go straight to the hook with braid as well and they catch fish just as well it seems.

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