Leash, important things

A leash when fishing for pike is subject to special stresses. Moreover, not only the leash itself, but also the swivel, clasp, winding rings should be strong and well coordinated with each other. In this article, the topic of components for a leash is perfectly disclosed.

Compared to modern braided fishing line, the steel leash looks rough, thick and tough. Although slightly, but still, even the best lead material negatively affects the progress and game of artificial bait. Strictly speaking, the leash must be consistent with a particular fishing technique. Until recently, pike was caught only on wobblers, oscillating and spinning baits, then soft plastic lures were added to this. Over time, fishing with jerkbaits has spread, a large number of fly fishing people have appeared who hunt for pike.

The swivel is constantly in motion, which leads to its wear and reduction of the breaking load. Therefore, good material and high load capacity are essential for him.

A winding ring is a part of a snap that is usually given little attention. One additional turn increases its breaking load and reliability.

Even thick wire carabiners are loosened due to continuous opening and closing and should be replaced regularly.

An increase in the number of lures and fishing methods has led to the emergence of new materials for the leash. Previously, only ordinary steel leashes were used, in most cases consisting of seven strands, the so-called Sevenstrand. Most of the "scots" have always used this material. Those who want to somehow improve the artificial bait take a more elastic Multistrand leash. Rigid steel leashes began to be used for jerkbaits - this is the most powerful option. Soon, the leashes began to be made of titanium, because they turned out to be very light and elastic. When a hard monophile appeared, some prayed at him, others cursed. Finally, fluorocarbon was created, which is almost invisible under water, recently it has firmly become fashionable, although it does not withstand all teeth. Thus, the fishermen had a large selection of different materials.

But we will not analyze their characteristics in detail, but pay attention to the harmony between the leash and other parts of the equipment. If you use a very thin braided main line, then the leash will inevitably be thicker and rougher. A thick leash is better suited to the good old monofilament fishing line. Whether you are using monofil or braided fishing line, the basic principle is this: the leash should have no less lifting capacity than the main line. This applies primarily to steel leashes. The word steel is associated with incredible strength, but this is not always the case. Pike, of course, can not bite steel, but it can break off! Because steel has a breaking load limit. I had to observe how fishermen fished with steel leads that did not even have half the breaking load compared to the main fishing line. When catching a large pike with such a combination, it must be borne in mind that the steel leash can break, while the main fishing line can withstand. If you take a leash with the same breaking load as that of the main fishing line, for the first time when fighting, maybe everything will get away with it. But in the teeth of pikes, the leash is still subject to heavy loads. It bends, wrinkles, twists and thereby loses strength. And already the next power fighting may not stand. It is better that the breaking load of the leash is half as large as that of the main fishing line, that is, with the main fishing line withstanding a load of 10 kg, a lead with a breaking load of 15 kg should be used. And only if a clearly more powerful braided line is used, does the leash need not be as strong as it is. With the main fishing line with a breaking load of 20 kg and the corresponding leash in an extreme situation, the rod is more likely to break before the line or leash breaks.

Always in moving

Everything that is said about the leash is true for the swivel. It often happens that the breaking load of the swivel is not in the right ratio with the breaking load of the leash. When spinning fishing, the swivel experiences a heavy load. He is always in motion, rotates and smooths the movement of the bait, which means wear. That is why, with a 10 kg load capacity, a swivel with a load capacity of 50 kg will correctly choose. A swivel, which has the same breaking load as the leash, loses its load capacity in a few days and soon becomes weaker than the leash. Therefore, a five-fold increase in the strength of the leash can be considered acceptable for the swivel. Only if a very strong leash is used, the swivel may not be much more powerful than him. When a rigid steel leash with a diameter of 0.8 mm with a load capacity of about 100 kg is used in the tool, it is quite normal if the swivel is as powerful. But it should be borne in mind that with prolonged work and wear of the material, once even the most powerful swivel can be so weakened that it breaks. Since the material of the hard steel leash is also “tired”, it is best to replace both the leash and the swivel in a few months. In the case when the swivels are subjected to particularly strong loads, it is better to choose models with ball bearings that not only work much longer, but also rotate more evenly.

Until cracked

Take, for example, an experimental steel rigid lead and bend it in half, then bend it and bend it again. The first folds are not so easy to do, but after 10 times it will be much easier to do. Do not think that you have become stronger, no, the material has become weaker! A few more folds, and the hard steel leash is broken. After such an exercise, you will look at the carabiner on a leash with completely different eyes. On each fishing trip, it is opened and closed many times when the bait is replaced. Over time, it becomes weaker and someday bursts. Therefore, hard steel leads, made of titanium, thick rigid monophile or fluorocarbon, used for a long time, require very strong carbines. Many anglers who make leashes on their own chose too weak carbines and learned from bitter experience, in other words, from the loss of large or captured fish. Therefore, choose high quality durable products. Such carbines can only be opened with great difficulty, but after all, this, in the end, is the meaning and purpose of their use. What is the use if the pike itself can open the carbine ">

Tips for choosing a leash share fishing (... and if you need leashes, read here)

Homemade leashes

You can make perfect leashes yourself. In this case, it becomes possible to better assemble the materials and make a leash of the desired length. With the help of round-nose pliers, side cutters and tongs for crimping tubes, you can build the necessary equipment.

Bonding Titanium Leash

Fly fishing requires light leashes. Titanium is best suited for this. It is not cheap, but durable. The problem is working with him. A titanium leash can be tied, but in most cases disgusting knots are obtained. Smooth material cannot be held in crimp tubes. And still I use them, but before I squeeze the crimp tube, I drip a drop of instant glue into it. And he holds.

Plastic shell

In equipment, it is preferable to use steel leads in a plastic sheath, due to which they are better held in crimp tubes than wire without a sheath. In case of emergency, the coated wire can be fastened to a pond even without crimp tubes, heating its ends in an open flame.

Hard leash with ring

Rigid wire leads are indestructible, but sometimes they have to be straightened so that they do not unbalance the bait. Replaceable swivels and fasteners are mounted on a rigid wire leash using a winding ring.

Crimp tube coating

If the leash is equipped with a crimped metal tube, it is almost inevitable that the main line hooks into the crimped tube from time to time. To avoid this, put on a crimp tube a piece of heat-shrink plastic tube. Dip it in boiling water for a short time and the joint will be perfectly protected by a smooth coating.

With a drop of quick-drying glue, even titanium is firmly held by a crimp tube.

A piece of heat-shrink tubing prevents the main fishing line from hooking onto the joint.

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