Wire Fishing Line Instructions

Wire Fishing Line Instructions
Wire fishing line is commonly used as a material for leaders rather than the entire fishing line. Wire has advantages over monofilament line as it is much more difficult for sharp-toothed game fish to sever when striking a lure or bait. Wire leaders are commonly available at many sporting goods, fishing and tackle shops. Typically featuring a formed loop in one end and a hook or snap at the other, wire leaders are easy to attach and use.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Monofilament fishing line
  • Wire leader
  • Bait or lure
Step 1
Familiarize yourself with the wire leader. There will either be a formed loop on both ends or a loop on one end and a snap or hook on the other.
Step 2
Attach the monofilament line from your rod and reel to one of the loops in the wire leader. Use an Improved Clinch knot to attach the line to the leader.
Step 3
Form the Improved Clinch knot by feeding several inches of line through the loop in the wire leader.
Step 4
Wrap the tag end of the line around the main line beginning near the wire loop. Make five to six turns around the main line with the tag end of the line.
Step 5
Bend the tag end of the line down and through the small loop formed above the wire loop. Pull the line through the loop and then through the larger loop. Moisten the knot with a small amount of water and pull down tightly with the tag end.
Step 6
Place live bait such as shrimp, menhaden or squid on the hook if attached to the wire leader. If a snap is attached rather than a hook, snap a hook or lure onto the wire leader.

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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