Shock & Snag Leader Knots - By Dirk Wise
When using Shock and Snag leaders, are you connecting them to your main line in a Strong and Safe way ?
Shock and Snag leaders are a great help to us, however they should always be set up and connected to ensure that they do not injure or kill, Ourselves, other Anglers or the Fish we are trying so hard to Catch.
Shock leaders were first used by Sea Anglers and adopted to Carp fishing by the first Anglers to start to fish for Carp at distance, they consist of a heavier breaking strain Monofilament line usually between 18- 25 lb and enable us to launch heavy weights long distances with the aid of large test curve rods which could not be compressed with normal main line.
There are many knots that may be used to join 2 lines together here below are the 5 most common, starting with my all time favourite the " Mahin knot " this knot may seem complicated to tie but believe me after a bit of practice you will have it off to a tee, when this knot is tied properly you will have a very strong conned shaped knot that will glide through your rod rings with great ease. I would suggest you try them all however and see which one suits you and your type of fishing. Which ever knot you choose you should always make sure that all the components below the knot can slide easily over the knot in the case of a break.
Snag leaders as the name suggests are made of Abrasive resistant materials such as braided lines, they are used when fishing areas were the main line is likely to snap or be cut through due to an underwater obstacle such as a sunken tree, a gravel bar or a mussel bed. They are also attached in the same way as the Shock Leaders.
The Mahin Knot
The Barrel Knot
The Blood Knot
The Uni Knot
Albright special knot