Leadcore Leader Knot
April 15th, 2009
One of the problems with using leadcore is the size of the knot used to attach it to the mainline. In a previous blog I showed you how to tie a proper needle knot, which is an extremely small and strong knot. In this blog I am going to show you a very good alternative devised by Keith Moors. Keith used to write for the mags in this country before he bought a carp fishery in France and moved there. Anyway on with the demo.
These are the components used to tie the knot.
I’ve used the ESP Bulk Spool Leadcore in sandy gravel as I find it really easy to work with. I’ve used the Korda Fine Baiting Needle because it has a really wide body which helps to stretch out the leadcore sheath making easier to thread things through.
Pull out about 2 inches of the lead
Trim off the lead
Singe the end of the leadcore sheath with a lighter to stop the sheath fraying.
Loop the end of your mainline
Trap the loop in the needle and close the latch of the needle
Pull the looped mainline through the leadcore sheath, it should look like this
Thread the end of the leadcore down through the loop
Pass the leadcore over the bottom part of the loop
Thread the leadcore over and under the top part of the loop
Thread the leadcore over and under the top part of the loop again
Gentley tease down the knot, then pull down tight
Pull back the leadcore sheath to expose the tag end
Snip off the tag end
Let the sheath go and you have your finished leadcore leader knot. Small, strong and unobtrusive!