Leader

Definition of leader

A section of line added to the very end of a fishing line made of a different material, color, and strength than the main line. Leaders are typically clear and have a lighter test strength than the mainline to allow a weaker breaking point to avoid damaging the main line or rod. Leader length is determined by the tactics and types of lines involved and can be as long as 40 - 60 feet to just several inches. Some leaders are designed to be short but very strong to allow light tackle to be used to land large fish with sharp teeth.

Variations of the term leader

• tapered leader
• furled leader
• tippet
• wire leaders

How to use leader in a sentence

We tie a 40ft. monofilament leader onto lead core and finish it with a couple feet of fluorocarbon to troll for walleye.