How Do You Connect Leader to Fishing Line?

Fishing is a great way to relax and enjoy nature, but it’s also an activity that requires some skill. One of the most important skills for a successful fishing outing is knowing how to connect your leader to your fishing line. Knowing how to do this correctly will help ensure you get the most out of your time on the water.

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To connect your leader to your line, the first step is choosing the appropriate knot. The improved clinch knot and the Palomar knot are the most commonly used knots for this purpose.

Both of these knots are straightforward and offer strong and dependable connections when tied correctly. After selecting your desired knot, you can begin the process.

Start by threading the end of your leader through the eye of your hook or lure. Then take the end of your line and run it through the eye of the hook, leaving about an inch or two of line exposed at the end. Take this exposed section and wrap it around your leader five or six times in a clockwise direction.

When you have finished wrapping, take hold of both ends, one in each hand, and pull them in opposite directions until you feel them tighten up against each other. Now slide one end through the loop at the top of the wraps and pull both ends tight again until they are snug against each other.

Finally, moisten both ends with saliva or water before giving them one more final tug. If done correctly, this should create a secure connection between your leader and fishing line.


Connecting a leader to a fishing line may seem like an intimidating task at first, but with some practice and patience it can be easily mastered. With a little bit of know-how, you can create strong and reliable connections so that you can spend more time enjoying yourself on the water instead of worrying about whether or not everything is secure.

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Michael Allen