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you need to use the whole tapered leader, i personally use a normal leader. each to there own i guess.

most people make rigs up that can be tied or clipped onto the leader, and the lead clipped to the other end.
 

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i would agree that tapered leaders give a smaller knot than non tapered, but the strength is far worse.

if you use a multi with a level wind you might have to go for a tapered. if using a CT multi or fixed spool then a normal leader will be better. i've never had a leader knot catch on a rod ring before, when the knot passes through the rings there is no angle for the knot to catch.

you can get more weed collecting on the knot on the retrieve though, then you might have to handline fish up the pier/ beach.

there are pro's and cons to both but IMO there are mor pro's for the normal leader than tapered.
 
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