I stopped using a leader when trolling or casting lures many years ago. Braid straight to the lure, usually use 14 lb Fireline on my Golden Perch/Bass trolling gear, 8 lb on my casting rod & 25 lb on the Cod setup. I like the feel you get with no stretch in the line when you get a hit or a hookup. Also having less knots to fail seemed like a good idea. On a recent trip chasing Golden Perch at Lake Keepit I failed to hook a fish apart from a few small Cod. The water was quite clear at the time & I got to thinking that maybe the braid was visible (smoke colour) & was spooking the fish, but then again, if Cod & Carp are still hitting a lure them maybe that`s not the problem. In two minds at the moment as to what to do - go back to using a leader or persevere with the setup I am using. The only time I use a leader at the moment is when fishing off the bank when a running sinker is used. Just wondering about your thoughts on leaders, do you use them or not?