Wednesday, June 25, 2014

How to Straighten Leaders

Leader Straightener

There are numerous kinds of factory leader straighteners available today that work well, but if they are not used properly, they can burn and weaken the leader.  The best tool to use that won't burn the leader is your hand.

Straighten Leader with Your Fingers

Grab the leader and place the butt end between your thumb and forefinger. Then pinch the leader tightly and pull the leader completely through your fingers to the tippet. After 3 or 4 pulls the leader should straighten out. If you notice that your skin is starting to get hot, you're applying too much pressure. 

Homemade Straightener

Another method that may also work is a homemade version of the leader straightener. Purchase a small rubber stopper and put a slit in the top with a razor blade 1/4 inch deep. Then pull the leader through numerous times to straighten the leader.  

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