Wind-on leaders eliminate the need for long leaders attached to your natural bait rigs or artificials. Keep those leaders approx. 5’ long when using a 25’ Wind-On and you can reel your catch right up to the side of the boat. No leaderman is required, which makes the “endgame” a lot safer, especially if you are fishing short handed.
All of Tournament Cable Wind-On Leaders are hand-made using a double splice. Because of the superior strength of the double splice, our leaders have the shortest and least bulky leader-to-Dacron connection. They also have the shortest and most compact serving where the leader meets the Dacron. There is no heat-shrink tubing (which increases the strength of the mono), nor are there long unnecessary wraps of thread. Both of these things greatly facilitate the wind-on going through the rod guides and release clips. Tournament Cable Wind-On leaders are so compact you only have to remove a minimal amount of main line to have them fit properly on the reel, and because of the extra large loop each comes spliced with, the loop-to-loop connection is made quite simply.
Greenspot Dacron is used on all splices for its ability to show any torn threads or other flaws in the splice (Black Dacron does not have this feature and will hide any imperfection in the wind-on). With the Greenspot you have the option of using an ordinary black laundry marker if you prefer the aesthetic of black Wind-Ons.
All Tournament Cable Mono Wind-On Leaders are made using Momoi Hi-Catch: Clear, Smoke Blue, Hi-Vis Yellow, X-Hard and the Diamond Line.
Want to make your own? You'll want to
get one of these bench-mounted wind-on jigs.
(Also... check out Chuck's article on making wind-ons.)