How Do You Tie a Leader to a Fishing Line?

Tying a leader to a fishing line is a skill that should be learned by any angler. A leader is an additional piece of line that is used to connect the main line to the hook or lure.

It helps to reduce line visibility and also provides a buffer between the hook and the main line. Without it, fish can see the main line and might be less likely to bite.

The type of knot used for tying a leader will depend on the type of fishing being done. For example, a Palomar knot is best for lighter lines, while an Albright Knot is better for heavier lines. It’s important to choose the right knot for your particular application.

Once you’ve chosen the correct knot, it’s time to tie it onto your main line. Start by threading one end of the leader through your rod’s eye and then tie an overhand knot around it.

Then take the other end of the leader and thread it through both ends of the overhand knot. Finally, pull both ends tight until they are firmly secured.

If you’re using a swivel with your leader, you can attach it at this point by threading one end through its loop and then tying an overhand knot around both ends. Make sure that you pull tightly so that your swivel won’t come undone.

Once you have securely tied your leader onto your main line, it’s important to check for any fraying or weak spots before using it in actual fishing applications. If any part looks frayed or weak, cut off that section and re-tie it with a fresh piece of leader.


Tying a leader to a fishing line is an essential skill for any angler. The type of knot used will depend on what type of fishing is being done; once chosen, tie it securely onto the main line with an overhand knot and check for fraying or weak spots before use. With proper technique, anglers can successfully tie leaders onto their lines in order to improve their overall fishing experience.

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Emma Gibson