Leaders - Connections:
At the end of the fly line is a loop connection (Loop & Junction) In this loop the leader is tied or hooked.
Various fishing knots are suitable for connecting leader material. For fluorocarbon material, however, a leader connecting ring is recommended. In very clear water and under blue skies, a knot is preferable to a leader connecting ring due to visibility in the water. There is also the possibility of a connection with UV glue and UV lamp.
Not all knots are the same. If a leader knot does not hold when drilling the supposed life fish, it is unfortunately too late. But there is help. The company Stroft as a specialist of fishing lines has published a brochure with 22 safe connections for all applications. For each knot, the area of application, carrying capacity and special features are described. The topics are divided into line- line knots, universal knots, loop knots, hook knots and special knots. The Pijawetz company will be pleased to enclose a knot brochure with your order on request.
FEEDERS - Material and Storage
Leader material should be stored and transported protected from light. UV radiation and too much sunlight should be avoided. Unprotected, leader material can age and quickly become brittle. It becomes rough and tears occur. It is recommended to check and replace the leader material regularly.
Make lines wet when tying knots, this creates less friction when tightening. The knot slips together more easily, the material does not roughen.
It is important to trust the quality of the leader. Often stated diameter values unfortunately differ from the actual values. When fishing selectively in crystal clear water, stronger diameters than specified can lead to less catching success. Stroft leaders are highly recommended due to the material properties such as elongation, elasticity, knot strength, the specified values are actual values.
Leader material disposal
Plastics cannot be degraded in nature. Therefore, it is absolutely necessary to collect leftover and used leader material and dispose of it in an environmentally friendly way at the end of the fishing day.
Length of leader
Depending on the size of the waters, one divides pulled leaders into different lengths. The length should also harmonize with the rod length. Basically, the more fishing pressure on the water, the clearer the water and the nicer the weather (blue sky), the longer the leader.
Leaders are specified in Ft. (1Ft = approx. 30cm).
Streams and small waters shorter leaders with 7'5 Ft = 225 cm.
Medium waters and rivers 9Ft = 270 cmLakes
, larger waters and rivers 12Ft = 360 cmDifficult
situations with crystal clear water and smooth surface up to 15Ft #450 cm
Leader tip thickness
The dragged leader tapers towards the tip. Towards the fly line is the thick part, towards the lure is the thinner part. Depending on the target fish and the visibility of the water, you choose the desired tip thickness in addition to the length. The tip strength of the pulled leader is usually indicated in X. (e.g. mostly 7X = 0,10mm - 6X=0,12mm - 5X=0,14mm - 4X=0,17mm - 3X=0,20mm). At Stroft there are 11 thicknesses available per length for drawn leaders.