Hi guys, Mikko here! a team Rapala angler. We got a lot of questions about which leaders we use for pike fishing. And I’m about to show you guys what I personally use and how I manufacture them. So the one I’m using is a Sufix Invisiline 1.17 mm This will hold for any pike, and what I do is that I create this about 80 cm long. fluorocarbon is a hard material, once you melt it with a lighter and it cools down, it gets very hard again. So I start by melting a drop, like this… You see, it creates a drop. And I put it against a flat surface. What I’ve now created is the head of a nail which will actually stop the knot from the mainline. So now I will just trim all the sharp edges…. just using a pair of scissors like this.. So now I created the stop here, I will go to the other end where we are actually going to attach the lure. And for that I use VMC’s swivels and split rings. I’ve premade one here, you just connect them together. The knot I’m using is very simple, just go through once.. as you can see.. around the fluorocarbon.. two times.. like this.. and back in there. Then we tighten the knot. like this.. And we use a pair of pliers so we can use a lot of tension because we want this to be super super tight. So now… Now its not going anywhere, but to be extra extra secure, I cut off that piece there and I leave about 5 mm. I take the lighter again, and I melt a stop here as well. If the knot is starting to loosen up, it will stop. So the leader is now done, instead of a lock that might open if you are unlucky, we use a split ring and a swivel and its time to just attach it to the mainline. So the knot I used to attach the mainline is just a simple uni knot. a single uni knot, you fold it twice – creating a loop, you put the leader against the braided line which is the Sufix 131 in this case. And I go inside the loop around 8-10 times. So now I went through this inside loop 8 times and I tighten the knot. like this.. so this knot will now glide up against the stop. And we pull it really tight. Get rid of this piece here and now we are done. The idea with this leader is that there is no unnecessary weight here, no swivel because if you add a swivel, you have an extra gram or two there. When you make a stop with your lure, the leader is going to sink. But this one is not because its directly attached to the main line. and we have a super secure leader that will never open when fighting a big fish because instead of a lock, we use a split ring. So when we change the lure, its super easy, take a pair of split ring pliers. I use the RCD Mag Spring Split Ring Pliers from Rapala, easy to use with one hand because of the magnetic function there. Just open the split ring, put on a lure. Now its done and why do I prefer to use a fluorocarbon? It’s less visible, there is some slight slight stretch to it, using stiff rods and braided line nowadays. After every fish, you just inspect your fluorocarbon leader that there are no deep teeth marks. If there are, then you just shorten the damaged part and retie the thing. That’s why we have made it so long from the beginning, so you can retie it a few times. Don’t use leaders that are too short because of course the pike will not swallow the entire lure and a long leader, but many times they grab the lure and they make these crocodile spins and suddenly you have the mainline in their mouth. But not if you are using very very long leaders. So this is my tip of the day, try it out Sufix Invisiline with VMC split rings and swivels.