Hi Italo,Hope all is well. Was wondering what the general rule of thumb is when trying to match a fluorocarbon leader to your spooled line? Have 8lb test on my spinning rod and 50lb braid on my baitcast. I think that trying to match the fluorocarbon lb test to the 8lb test is probably correct but matching a 50lb leader to the 50lb braid seems a bit overkill and probably not necessary. Maybe I could get away with 30lb fluoro… Thanks for your comments

Posted on March 13th, 2016

Hi Cam, the  only “rule of thumb” for the size of your fluorocarbon leader is to use what is the most appropriate for the size/type of fish you are going after and the importance of diameter thickness for presentation.

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Example, does not matter what size your main line is, if you are going after toothy fish like pike  & musky, you will want to use at the very least a 20 lb. fluorocarbon leader, or heavier, especially if you are targeting larger fish and fishing larger lures. You may want to go up to an 80 lb. fluorocarbon leader. So, technically you could be fishing 8 lb diameter main line (mono or let’s say 30 lb. braid), and you still would connect the 80 lb. fluorocarbon. On the other hand if you are fishing smallmouth or steelhead in clear water and the fish are finicky, you may need to go down to 8, 6, or even 4 lb. test Fluorocarbon leader and again you can connect that weight of leader to your main line. I would encourage you to view the excellent video tip we produced on using knots to connect leaders on our Italo Labignan YouTube channel, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4trzxBw3uq4 . 

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