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Pike/Muskie leader questions
Posted 12 February 2018 - 04:47 PM
Posted 12 February 2018 - 04:57 PM
I have not got into musky but I have got pretty heavily into pike on the fly the past 3-4 years now. The setup I use for pike is about 1ft of 50lb mono then 1ft of Beadalon flexable wire to the fly. Beadalon is the coated flexable wire women use for "beading" (making neacklaces). You can get about 30m of it for $4 at any craft store and it is the same thing as the higher cost coated wire leader material. For pike I use 50lb mono knotted to 19 strand .024 beadalon wire. For musky I would simply up the size to about double that most likely.
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Posted 12 February 2018 - 05:14 PM
Look into musky leaders on Youtube and you will find lots of advice and how tos. It pretty much gets down to camps that choose either heavy fluocaron (100 lb at least) or knottable wire. The former is more supple and does not kink;, gives the fly better action in the water, and is transparent. The latter is very strong and just does not fail if set up right.
Posted 14 February 2018 - 11:38 AM
Posted 14 February 2018 - 10:18 PM
Their leaders are 4' flexible mono, 2' of plastic wire connected with a Allbright knot.
That figure 8 knot the bug on.
I modify with a small hd snap swivel crimped on.
Posted 19 February 2018 - 09:47 PM
I use a 4 or 5 foot leader, 30 lbs test. Tied to a 12 inch piece of titanium wire (either single of multi strand). The stuff can be knotted to a swivel or snap (I use a snap) , won't rust and is almost unkinkable (so you don't need to replace it every few fish due ti kinks weakening the wire). Its pricey, but well worth it IMO.