is the best way to attach lead core to a monofilament or fireline
are several knots for doing this, however most of them result in
such a large knot that it catches on the eyes of your rod and
won't go through the level wind on the reel. These knots
effectively limit the length of your attached leader to a
maximum of the handle length of your landing net. Secondly, by using a knot, if your bait should become fouled
such as the hooks on a crank bait entangled on your leader,
before you realize it, your leader line is twisted and so is
your leadcore. Twisted lead core is almost impossible to
untwist and would have to be cut off where the twist exists
sometimes a color or two up your lead core.
The solution to
both these problems is to use a barrel swivel to attach the lead
core line to your leader. Use a size 10 Power Swivel built
by Spro. It has a 35# break strength and is small enough
to pass through both the rod guides and level wind of the reel
with out catching on either.
To tie the
swivel to the leadcore, strip back the sheathing of the lead
core about 3 inches, remove the lead, and tie the leadless
sheathing to the barrel swivel. I use an improved clinch
knot for this. Instead of using the traditional 5 twists
when building this knot, 2-3 is all that is necessary. I
have never had this knot break and it is no larger than the
swivel itself. Use what ever knot you are comfortable with
in attaching the mono to the swivel. Now you can have a
leader length as long as you want and should your lure become
fouled you will not twist up your lead core line.
We attended 3 of your seminars at the Denver Show on Sunday the
9th and learned so much. We were unfamiliar with Berkeley Gulp
Alive baits and appreciated your introduction. Your many other
tips and ideas were also enlightening and we can't wait for the
ice to go.
Thanks again for a great learning experience!
Linda and Tom