Leader knots are used for tying leaders of any sort from your mainline, leaders can be used for shockleaders when casting long distances or spodding as at a higher breaking strain they will take the force of the cast without the risk of cracking off. Leaders are also used for certain fishing situation where they maybe required for their abrasion resistance.
The Leader material used in this part of the demostration is the 5olb Korda Arma Kord, which is a braided leader material.
Hold your mainline and the arma-kord running parallel with each other but with the ends in opposite hands. (See picture below)
Now with the braided Arma-kord form a loop alongside your mainline to begin the grinner knot. (See picture below)
Pass the end of the Arma-Kord round the mainline and through the loop 4 times. (See picture below)
Moisten the knot slightly a tighten it down slowly making sure its nice and neat. (See picture below)
Now repeat the process with your mainline, forming the loop then passing it round the Arma-Kord and through the loop 4 times, before moistening the knot a gently teasing it tight again making sure its neat. (See pictures below)
Gently tease the two knots until they are sitting tight together and trim the tag ends. (See picture below)
Your now ready to use the leader, you want the leader atleast 3 turns onto your spool with the knot at the bottom lip of the spool so it doesn’t snag when you cast.
Part 2 will show you how to tie another leader knot but this time with a nylon leader.