Braid main line to Floro or Mono leader line


Most all my set ups are spooled with Braid line & I have always spliced a Floro or Mono leader line in to tie bass hooks, jig heads, ect.... I started this when i went to the Keys for the 1st time because of water clarity.
Questiion-1:
In our murky water I am not really sure a leader is needed other than as maybe a shock leader.
What are your opinions on using one in our coastal waters?

I started out doing a double Uni knot but once I found the FG knot I started using it.
FG knot is very small & goes thru the rod eyes easily but is time consuming to tie and since I use small diameter braid I have found it does not hold up casting all day long & will come un raveled over time. It is also harder for me to tie with smaller diameter braids.
So now I switched back to double uni since it is faster than FG. With the FG I would use a 5ft leader so I could wind up in the rod eyes & have plenty of leader to cut & re-tie hooks. Since the knot hasn't held up over many cast I just switched back to a 18" leader with Double Uni & stopped reeling it up into the rod eyes.
Regardless both are time consuming, harder to do when sitting on a moving boat with the wind blowing, always something or someone getting in the way, & all you can think of is getting your hook back in the water as soon as possible.

I found the BT knot which is simple & fast to tie. I have tied it but have not used it yet. It is thicker than the FG so I would also use it with a short leader & not reel up in the rod eyes.

Question-2:
Do any of you use the BT knot & if so how has it held up?

Question-3:
To those who use a leader on braid what knot do you like?


Sportsman Masters 207
Yamaha F150
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I use ten pound floro leader below my popping corks. My reels are spooled with twenty pound braid. This set up has saved many expensive popping corks!


ZX
Good point, Popping corks are very expensive & that would save them.

I went out yesterday & fished the same rigs but one with & one without a leader. Biggest thing I noticed was it was easier to get the leader rig unhung from oysters than the one without.
I only caught one fish so I can't really say about hook up.
Wind just seemed to work against me all day.


Sportsman Masters 207
Yamaha F150
 

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