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How To Tie a Wire Leader

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Keeping a wire leader from slipping and cutting the end off clean is simple if you know how to do it.
Difficulty: Average
Time Required: 3 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Run the leader through the hook or swivel leaving about 8 inches of tag end.
  2. Put a slight bend in the wire at the hook eye.
  3. Bring the tag end and leader end together and across each other above the hook eye.
  4. Leaving a small loop at the hook eye, twist the two ends together in a haywire twist, Both ends must be twisting together, not one end wrapping around the other. Make about three twists.
  5. Now begin a barrel wrap using the tag end to wrap around the leader end. Make at least a half-inch of barrel wraps. You should have at least three inches of tag end wire remaining.
  6. Make a right angle bend in the tag end half way between the end of the wire and the end of the barrel wrap. It should look like a little crank handle on the leader.
  7. Hold the hook, leader, and barrel twist firmly and turn this crank handle back at a right angle against the wrap. The tag end will snap off clean with no protruding wire burr.

Tips:

  1. Very light wire line is difficult to work with. Practice before you get on the water.
  2. Leader wire can penetrate your skin as easily as a needle. Combine that puncture with salt and fish slime, and you are in for a sore finger for a day. Be careful!
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