Question to the veteran jig fisherman: do you use a swivel when connecting your leader to the braided main line or just tie line to line? I would prefer line to line but I’m worried about line twist. Thanks!
Yup...this....double uni is the best for joining 2 lines.Double uni knot fluorocarbon to braid. I use to run a small spro swivel and a small bead above it to prevent the swivel from passing though the guide. I've had no issues with the knot breaking. Usually the jig breaks at the knot
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Hi Piketroller....you mention using a Piscifun line spooler. I looked on Amazon, its simply holding the line spool inline with the rod, and then it gets onto the spinning spool. Doesnt that add twist as it goes onto the reel's spool?If you are worried about line twists, here's the best solution.
1) Thread your plastics on the jig hook straight
2) Don't pull line off your reel by slipping the drag when you need another foot or two of line out - open the bail
3) Don't freefall the jig to the bottom, either on the initial drop or on each jigging stroke.
4) Don't snap your jig up off the bottom on each jigging stroke
5) If your line eventually becomes too twisted to use, ski about 100 feet of bare line behind your boat for a minute or two and wind back on the reel.
6) Invest in a line spooler made to load line on a spinning reel without twists like the one from Piscifun
Now that we've solved twists, I see two benefits of running a leader. First, whether its with a swivel or knot, the swivel or knot provides something that's easier to grab onto (and won't cut your fingers) than bare braid when grabbing the line above the lure with a fish flopping after coming into the boat. Second, a fluorocarbon leader provides some better bite protection if you get a muskie or pike, but for it to be meaningful you need like a 15 or 20 pound leader. That's stronger than the 8 pound braid I jig with, so if I get snagged the leader usually isn't what breaks. I just tie braid directly to the jig and don't worry about a leader anymore.
Yeah, that one you linked is the one I was talking about.Hi Piketroller....you mention using a Piscifun line spooler. I looked on Amazon, its simply holding the line spool inline with the rod, and then it gets onto the spinning spool. Doesnt that add twist as it goes onto the reel's spool?
Thats why theres recommendations about laying the line spool flat, (label up) and then reeling it onto a spinning reel.
Do you find that this tool adds more twist?
Or maybe yours is different than the one I saw?
To be honest, I seem to get twist using the "label up" orientation as well, so just looking for thoughts on the spooling tool.