Feeder lead length | Leash length: which one to choose depending on the situation


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When bringing your dog on a leash, you may be wondering what the best Feeder lead length is. It is important to consider the situation before making a decision, as one length may be better than the other depending on the circumstances. If you are walking in a crowded area, a shorter leash may be best so that your dog does not get tangled up with other people or animals.

On the other hand, if you are in a more open space, a longer leash can give your dog more freedom to explore. The best length for both the leash and the lead is the one that provides the most comfort and safety for both you and your dog.

Feeder lead length | Leash length: which one to choose depending on the situation

What is the optimal length of the leash, will the bite depend on the length, what length to choose at the beginning of fishing, and why do some feeder lovers only catch a leash 20-30 cm long, while others change it 5-7 times per fishing trip?

In today's article, we will try to understand these issues that often concern federalists, especially those who are new and have recently joined this type of fishing.

Leash length: which one to choose depending on the situation

If you only plan to start fishing on the feeder and went to this page to find out specific numbers, then I will say right away: put a leash 30-40 cm long and calmly catch.

If over time there is a desire to optimize the gear (and this is natural for enthusiastic fishing), then it would be good to read the theory that I am going to present below.

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It can be said that feeder fishing enthusiasts are divided into two groups: those who prefer long leashes (60-80-100 and even 120-130 centimeters) and those who catch exclusively on 20-30 cm leashes and look at the first with bewilderment: they say, why longer? The former say that long leashes give an increase in bites at times, and the latter answer that they tried to do this, but did not notice a significant increase in bites.

In my opinion, these disagreements arise for two reasons:

First, no matter how trite it may seem, it is a habit. Starting from June until late autumn, the fish are biting eagerly. The feeder, getting stable bites and fish in the cage, will not engage in experiments, increasing or decreasing the length of the leash. The activity of biting can decrease depending on many factors. And if this happens, then the angler will begin experiments with a nozzle, and bait, with the search for another place, the thickness of the line of the leash. After all, he knows that the length of the leash was working and will look for the reason anywhere, but not in the length.

Secondly, the length of the feeder leash depends on the characteristics of the reservoir and even the place of fishing in the reservoir. Fishing on the riser is one thing, but on the course, it’s completely different from fishing. We fish on the edge, the bottom current is one, and in the pit, there are turbulences with a reverse movement of water. In shells, on stones, the situation is completely different, and so on.

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Any categorical advice and arguments on the topic of the length of the leash have no right to be. It all depends on the experience of the angler and on the reservoir where this experience will be applied.

Let's analyze the situations in which the question arises: what length of the leash for the feeder to choose?

  • Are you a beginner fisherman or just want to try your hand at feeder fishing?
  • The biting of the fish is not satisfied, and for improvement, a search is being made for the optimal length;
  • Bites are not visible;
  • There are fish bites, but be careful, the nozzle returns sucked, empty hooks;
  • The fish swallows the hook very deeply;
  • An unfamiliar body of water and the strength of the current on, or a familiar river, but the current of the water has weakened or increased since the last visit.

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Are you a beginner fisherman?

To master this type of fishing, remember: the average length of the leash is 20-70 cm. current - is 20-40 cm (leash diameter 0.14-0.2 mm).

On a paysite with a divorce of cyprinids or grass carp, the length of the leash reaches 0.8-1.2 meters, since the fish in such conditions reacts perfectly to a slowly sinking bait. Do not forget that the diameter must also correspond to such a fish.

Weak Biting

Many people advise lengthening the length of the lead for the feeder if the bite is weak or if it worsens. To some extent, this is correct, often I myself do the same. But first, it is better to check other ways to activate it.

As already mentioned: playing with bait, bait and their combinations, adding foam. Selection of bait, increase or decrease in the friable fraction in it.

A shoal of fish could simply leave and it would be better to activate its interest again in this way. If the bite is still capricious, you can reduce the volume of the feeder, and the diameter of the leash. If there are no results, then we reduce the size of the hook, you can even replace it with another one in the shape. As a continuation of such manipulations, we lengthen the length of the leash, for example, we caught it by 20 cm, and set it to 50-80 cm. If nothing helps, you can find another suitable fishing point by tapping.

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All these manipulations help and the norm of fish appears in the cage. With such a weak bite, if there are several worthy specimens of bream, crucian carp, ide, carp, it’s already good. If you passively wait for the weather to change and the fish themselves become active (and many people like this kind of fishing), you can sit out all the allotted time and leave empty-handed.

We want to catch - we have to work.

As we already know, fish are prone to a series of active foraging and a passive lifestyle. But the task of the angler is precisely to find the very type of feeder equipment, bait, nozzles, and fishing spots that will benefit any condition of the fish. If the place is familiar, then the feeder already knows all these methods, if you came to the reservoir for the first time, then we are constantly looking for this method of approaching the fish.

The length of the feeder leash should not be the last, but in no case the first place.

Bites are not visible, the fish swallows the hook deeply

This happens most often when the length of the leash is longer than necessary.

There are bites, but be careful, the fish are badly hooked

In such a situation, we reduce the hook, the diameter of the leash, reduce the volume of the nozzle or bait. If it does not help, then increase or decrease the length of the leash.

Unfamiliar body of water

The behavior of the hook underwater, even on a well-known river, may depend on the specific fishing location. The main thing here is practice. We find a fishing point, make starting casts, and set the leash at 30-60 cm. And then everything depends on us and on the behavior of the fish. In my experience, I was repeatedly convinced that the transition from a leash of 30 cm to 50-70 cm increased the number of bites (scrapper, bream, crucian carp, carp, silver bream) by an order of magnitude. But it doesn't always work.

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As one of the ways to activate the bite, I always check this method if necessary.

I start fishing at 40 cm.

Other factors may also depend on the length of the leash. For example, I was caught several times in the same place on the edge of the river. I do not know what was there at the bottom, but the bite of a large carp was excellent. After a time, the hook clung to something and its break followed. Only by reducing the length of the leash to 15-20 cm, it was possible to reduce the number of hooks.

As a result of the foregoing, it turns out that many factors influence the choice of length: the type of fish, the current, the features of the bottom, the density of the soil, the activity of the fish, and so on. But the length of the feeder leash, in turn, does not slightly affect our catch.


The length of the lead should be chosen depending on the situation. If you are walking in an area with lots of people, you may want a shorter lead so your dog does not get tangled up with other people or objects. If you are in a more open area, you may want a longer lead so your dog can have more freedom to explore.