All credit for this new addition to the line goes to Mr. Steve Reynard. Steve has been a big hit on his favorite waters with fluorocarbon leaders for some time. When he started fishing for Korda, we naturally sent him our IQ. "It's a little stiff for what I'm looking for," he said.
The IQ has to be rigid, and that's why we think it takes more fish than a traditional monofilament, but we're always open to new ideas and ways of thinking. So when Steve started to argue, we listened. Steve said, "First of all, I use fluorocarbon for its invisibility. I'm so concerned about the fish's ability to detect my rig that I've adopted IQ fluorocarbon in 25lb as an anti-tangle leader. I use it about 4 feet with a Square Pear lead or Tournament Swivel on a Lead Clip. A fluorocarbon leader also helps prevent tangling when casting. Underwater, the rig is much harder to see than normal, which I think gives me an advantage. Now I also use the fluorocarbon as a line body to try to hide my presence even more. At the moment I think I'm on top and the results have been superb, with 11 fish over 30lb and many smaller ones in just 4 weekends of fishing.
I prefer a slightly softer material because of the way it will sit on the bottom after casting. Unlike most anglers, I like to have a little slack in the leader and for it to have to stretch slightly when the bait is sucked in. If the leader is already straight, chances are it won't reach the fish's mouth. I fish on boilie mats and have observed the feeding patterns of fish on scattered boilies. Large fish tend to approach a bait, head down and straighten up to move on to the next one. A longer leader, about a foot long, gives the bait more freedom of movement, which I think is necessary for the bait to reach the mouth properly. This method has worked for me for some time and is probably my favorite rig. I call it the 'simple and complicated' rig because of the way I position the hook."
Steve regularly uses stringers (strings of boilies) because he believes it helps the leader to settle with more curvature than a boilie alone. Because of its weight, which makes the leader sink faster, the stringer does not move as far away from the sinker as a lure alone. This creates a bait grouping that will attract fish faster and stay in place until it is consumed, unlike pellet or meal based Pva bags that will be scattered by the carp while prospecting. If you are not convinced, you can refer to the Underwater films.
A boilie stringer, or a pva bag filled with boilies will allow the leader to position itself with more spring, but if you don't use them, then only the softer fluorocarbons like IQ Xtra Soft will allow you to get that "slack" in the leader, which is why Steve prefers them. That means the leader will be in the right position, with or without a stringer.
Danny adds, "The other benefit is that the softer materials allow the bait to present itself in a more natural way, if that's what you're looking for. This really shows up when using the lighter versions, like the 10lb or 12lb. Coupled with a small hook like the Wide Gape or Longshank in size 10, along with a small bait like a corn kernel or a piece of boilie and you'll get a bait that behaves like the other parts of your bait. These are also great materials for Zig Rigs because they are thin, very hard to locate and soft enough to work well with small hooks. Stiff materials and small hooks don't go well together and will cause you to stall."
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