How Do You Rig a Leader With a Fishing Pole?

Rigging a leader with a fishing pole is an important part of angling. It allows the angler to use different types of lures and baits, as well as to change the length of the leader depending upon the situation. The process is fairly simple, but there are a few steps that need to be followed in order for it to be done correctly.

Step 1: Choose a leader material that is appropriate for the type of fish you are Targeting. A fluorocarbon leader is best for clear waters, while monofilament or braided leaders are better for murky waters. If you are fishing for larger species, such as tuna or marlin, consider using wire leaders instead.

Step 2: Determine the length of leader you will need. This will depend on the depth of water you are fishing in, as well as the type of lure you plan to use. In general, a good rule of thumb is to use 10-20 feet of leader material.

Step 3: Tie your lure or bait onto one end of the leader using a proper knot such as the improved clinch knot or double uni knot. Make sure that it is securely tied so that it won’t slip off during casting.

Step 4: Attach an appropriate weight to the other end of the leader using another knot such as an egg loop knot or barrel swivel knot. This will help keep your bait down deep in the water where it can be seen by fish.

Step 5: Finally, attach your leader to your fishing line by tying another knot such as an albright knot or blood knot. Be sure to leave enough slack in your line so that your lure can move freely when casting.


Rigging a leader with a fishing pole is an essential part of angling and should not be overlooked. By following these five steps, any angler can easily rig their own leaders and get out on the water with confidence!

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Lindsay Collins