View Full Version : Tying braid straight to jigs?

02-22-2019, 07:26 AM
First of all I mainly only spider rig, so how many tie braid straight to their jigs or do you use a leader? I use power pro slick braid and I like it but wonder if tieing it straight to my jigs will slow the bite because of being able to see the line? Whats your thoughts, thanks and God Bless

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02-22-2019, 07:29 AM
I meant to post this in the main forum but somehow it didn't work, lol they need a book Crappie.com for dummies.

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02-22-2019, 12:12 PM
Well I done a search on this topic and found tons of info on the subject. Sorry to beat a dead horse, I got the info I needed. Thanks

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02-22-2019, 06:55 PM
I meant to post this in the main forum but somehow it didn't work, lol they need a book Crappie.com for dummies.

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02-22-2019, 07:01 PM
Well OK, since you did the research, what did you find out? And no worries, we never have a problem beating dead horses. They dead anyway! lol

02-22-2019, 07:03 PM
Would love to hear what you found.

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02-22-2019, 07:23 PM
Now that you are on the subject,I currently use mono and I would like to try braided line. I also would like to know the answer to that question. I also would like to know if I should use a leader and what knot is best to attach the leader to braided line and what size braid should I buy.

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02-22-2019, 07:24 PM
Well I found what I already knew, lol. Some people hate braid, some don't know and some wont use anything else, some use it with a leader some with out, really a matter of preference I reckon. As for me I spider rig and use braid, but I will get right in the thick of things with stumps and rocks and anything else that might hold a slab and I have to rerigg a lot at times, so I am gonma try a couple rods tieing straight to the braid so I can just straighten the hooks and carry on. I seem to get better hookups while spider rigging with the braid and fluro leader over straight mono, I assume its because the lack of stretch when they hit or load the rod the lack of stretch sets the hook. Also when I do single pole waiting for the thump, nothing let's me feel like braid. I also don't mind beating dead horses, so comment if you would like, I will enjoy reading it all again. Thanks and God Bless.

02-22-2019, 07:28 PM
When I use a leader I either use a double uni or I tie braid to a swivel then a fluro leader, that way if I break off I only loose my jig and not the sinker because it is above the swivel sliding on the braid.

02-22-2019, 07:37 PM
Does braided line sink faster than mono and if I go to braid,should I go to floro for a leader. What advantages does floro have over mono as a leader.

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02-22-2019, 07:46 PM
The advantage to fluro is that like braid it doesn't stretch so it's also more sensitive than mono.

02-22-2019, 07:54 PM
My 2cts-- I like braid, but if you set hook to strong or pull, in the " papermouth " to hard, braid will pull the hook out of the crappies mouth!! I do use a 2/3' leader mono or copoly line for a leader, I do not know why, I believe that crappie and bream do not care.

02-22-2019, 07:54 PM
Thanks for your reply. Some useful information in there.

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02-22-2019, 07:57 PM
To address the original question: I do - But - it depends on the braid. If I am using a fused braid I will tie it directly, if it is not fused I use a 3 to 4 foot flouro leader.

02-22-2019, 08:22 PM
Braid and nylon monofilament have neutral buoyancy....a specific gravity of 1. Fluorocarbon has a very high specific gravity....1.6 and higher depending on brand. It sinks.


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02-22-2019, 09:11 PM
I've got one rod/reel that I sometimes use for casting, that has 10/2 PowerPro hi-viz braid, and I tie the braid directly to the bait ... for the sole purpose of being able to cast farther and straighten out the hooks if I get snagged.

On my long rods, some have braid (17-30# test) and others have mono (20# test) .. but they are for main lines only. I use 6lb test mono leaders on all of those rods. Main reason is to allow some stretch when the fish grabs the bait and also to allow a hung bait to be broken off more easily (while keeping the boat moving & not have to stop fishing & reel up all the other lines to go back and un-snag that one bait). I don't Spider Rig with these rods, I Push jigs & cranks. I have duo-lock snaps on the ends of the main lines, to which I can clip on a weight and then slip the loop knot thru the other end of the weight and then run the jig end thru that loop to secure the leader to the weight.
Though I still have some long rods rigged with barrel sinkers on the main line (then a bead & then the clip) .... this year I am likely going to change those over to the trolling weights hooked on by the clip setup, simply because it allows me to change weights without having to cut the braid and re-rig with a heavier/lighter weight depending on what bait/speed I'm using.

I'd much rather lose baits, than break rods, which is why I have a lighter pound test leader than the breaking strength of the main line, duo-lock clip, or line eye of the trolling weight.

02-22-2019, 09:16 PM
Imo braid is for getting hung on structure. Trolling doesn't do well getting hung up. 6lb hivis for trolling to save my rods. Jigs are cheap.

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02-22-2019, 10:28 PM
Use 4 lb Sufix nanofilament braid (low-visibility green) tied direct to jig. Only fish single pole tight line and with float sometimes (bream & sac-a-lait). Also use same line for my flyfishing leader about 4 ft long.

02-23-2019, 10:18 AM
I use braid for everything. I jig fish with 20 lb fused line or regular braid. I donít worry about pulling the hook out. When I jig fish I set the hook like I was bass fishing. 90 % of my fish are hooked in the roof of the mouth. Just my opinion but if your lip hooking fish itís because your late on the hook set or to small a hook. The sensitivity and hook setting far outways the few fish that might shy from braid. I caught way to many crappie as a kid with white black and green Dacron in 20 pound or better to believe they are line shy. I do use fluorocarbon to build my spider rig setups though with braid main line. I just feel it didnít tangle as bad as rigís ties with braid.

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eagle 1
02-23-2019, 10:43 AM
I have never tried braid in any form ,thanks for asking .

02-23-2019, 02:26 PM
My buddy and I push jigs. I use 6 to 8 pound braid with a 3 foot long leader of 4 pound fluorocarbon. The braid does not have near the blowback of mono, and we are pushing jigs 20 feet down in some cases.

We tried a lot of other combinations. This one works best for us.


02-24-2019, 05:58 AM
I don't know if this is true but it seems true from my experiences, I get less hook ups with braid in really clear water versus using mono or a floro leader. This has played out a number of times, braid straight to bait and the bite is tough. Use the same bait and use a reel with mono or add a floro leader to braid and the bite picks up. Water with color doesn't seem to matter as much. This seems especially true if I am fishing a clear creek or river in the summer. Seems like the braid makes them spookier then they already are.

This is just my experience and may or may not be true, but it does seem to make a difference in certain conditions.