How To Stow a Long Leader

Essential skills for every angler

Stow your Leader Fishing
Store your leader properly for optimal safety.Steve Sanford

Long trolling leaders are best stowed by leaving a couple of feet of line between the rod tip and the swivel, then securing the hook to the reel. Wind the leader around the reel as many times as you need, then snug up the slack with a turn of the handle, leaving the swivel well away from the rod tip.