Whenever you fish in waters where pike, muskies, or pikerel are common, you need a bite-proof wire leader. Here is a multi-strand steel leader that is lightweight, flexible and inexpensive.
- Bite Proof
- 8 Inches Long, Flexible with Plastic Coating
- 20 Pound Test Strength
- Small Diameter, Lightweight enough to use with Topwaters
- Small “Fast” Snap, to Easily to Change Flies
- Won’t Alarm Smallmouth or Largemouth
– Tube of of 3 leaders = $5.00
– Tube of of 6 leaders = $9.00
Wire Leaders for Esox
Bite-proof leaders are essential when fishing in waters where pike, muskies, or pikerel are common. We developed our own lightweight, flexible and inexpensive wire leaders long ago, and have been using them for years to catch thousands of Esox.
Is it Bite-Proof?
The Esox family (Pike, Muskie and Pickerel) all have two plates on the roofs of their mouths that are filled with extremely sharp teeth that cut through almost everything. Extremely heavy (40lb test) fluorocarbon will reduce, but not eliminate, Esox bite-offs. (Larger fish, especially, will still sever it.) Additionally, heavy fluoro is very stiff and difficult to tie knots with. Leaders made of multi-strand steel (like ours) are 100% bite proof.
Changing Your Fly
The wire leaders we offer solve the fly-changing problem by using a small spring snap. These small snaps are very unobtrusive, yet flies or lures can be quickly taken on and off by gripping the snap with a forceps and pushing the hook eye into the snap with the other hand. There is no cutting of the leader each time you change flies and then trying to tie another loop knot. (Cutting and retying is wasteful because it makes your leader too short after just a couple of fly changes.)
Can I Use Wire with Topwaters?
Because our wire and snaps are so lightweight, standard-size topwaters (like the Original Blockhead Popper) will not be pulled under and will still perform adequately.
Clamp-down Bites and Kinks
Despite the powerful “clamp-downs” and razor teeth of Esox, Smallmouth Angler leaders will hold up to multiple fish. The thin plastic coating of the leaders may start to fray from the teeth, but this does not reduce the leader’s strength or effectiveness (the steel core is still good). The wire can also start to kink up from the powerful “clamp-down” bites. You can straighten out kinks by bending the leader with your fingers in the opposite direction of the kink.
Adjusting the Snap
If after multiple fly or lure changes the snap seems to open up a little, you can re-close it by slightly squeezing it with a forceps.
Use a Loop Knot
To eliminate the possibility of the hard wire cutting thru a tight knot, instead use a loop knot for the wire and tippet connection. Tie a modified Rapala Loop Knot directly onto the built-in loop on the wire leader. (This Loop Knot is demonstrated in our DVD ” Smallmouth Fly Fishing– REVEALED” )