How to Attach a Wire Leader to the Fishing Line
If you are into fishing as a hobby, you may have heard of wire leaders. When you are going for fish with sharp teeth which can cut through fluorocarbon or monofilament leaders, it is time to set up wire leaders. These can be handy for fish like bluefish and mackerel. If you are advanced to the point where you’re fishing for sharks, then wire leaders are the only way to go.
But you don’t have to resort to wire leaders only when the fish have sharp teeth. Many anglers prefer wire as its stiffness helps the hook to penetrate deeper and have a stronger hold. Some also believe that the wire prevents fish from breaking off as the leader’s stiffness means it doesn’t roll easily.
What is a Leader?
A leader is a strong strand of fishing line that connects the main fishing line and the hook. A leader is therefore the part of a fishing setup that can make or, literally break, your day at sea.
It is a necessary component for fishing because it allows an angler to keep big and strong fish from biting through the line close to the hook. At the same time, a leader also allows a much thinner main line which is easier to reel in, and thin line can also be cast further.
Types of Wire Leaders to Choose From
Leaders come in a variety of materials and are chosen based on the fish you are going after. Tougher leaders are obviously required for stronger and heavier fish. A typical wire leader is made of steel but there are also ones made using titanium or nickel-titanium which offer higher levels of strength with thinner wires.
There are three main types of wire leaders to choose from, which are single-strand, multi-strand, and knottable. The knottable ones can be easily tied with any of the regular knots you might normally use. You can do the same with stranded wire leaders, but you can also buy premade ones with a clip on one end and barrel swivel on the other.
The barrel swivel neatly attaches to your mono or braided main line, however, to be able to set custom sizes for your wire, you must know how to tie a knot, which is explained next.
How to Attach a Wire Leader
It is common for anglers to complicate their leader lines and become frustrated with them. If the following steps are followed, attaching a wire leader can be hassle free, especially if you learn your knots correctly.
The secret behind using wire leaders is to tie them the right way so you will first want to learn how to custom tie them in order to make them the length you need.
The first step is to take your wire leader and make a single overhand knot, just like you do when you are tying your shoe. Make that knot as small as you can but also so there is still space to pass the wire line back through it.
Now, take your lure or jig and slip it through. Next, take the tag end of the wire and poke it through the hole in the overhand knot. Use your pliers to pull it through until it stops at the knot. Hold the knot and twist it 8-10 times and then cut off the tag end. Now you have a perfectly rigged wire leader.
Following this, cut the other end to the length that you want and follow the exact same procedure to attach the main line. Be sure to make the other end as tight as possible because this is the weakest link in the assembly.
The main lines are much lighter than the wire itself making it an unbalanced knot. However, if you follow the steps correctly and end up with a rigid knot, you are good to go and get those toothy fish.
Beginners will be happy to know that there are pre-tied wire leaders available to buy off the shelves. They are often mocked by experts, but they work perfectly well. If you are not yet comfortable with using wire, you can easily clip on these pre-tied wire rigs and cast your line in the water.
Pre-tied leaders work effectively for quick rigging and you can start fishing right away. The steps are straightforward and if you follow them correctly, you should have a perfectly setup ready for some fishing action.