To those using wire leaders on jerk/stick baits:https://www.amazon.com/Malin-Stainless- ... th=1&psc=1
Way stealthier, way cheaper, and has WAY less impact on lure-balance /buoyancy (because total weight is much less) than any manufactured, pre-made steel leader you'll find in a store or in a package. No hardware/terminal tackle (i.e. split/solid-rings, snaps, swivels) necessary to connect your line to your lure.
How it works:
-Wire to lure: On the back of wire package, it illustrates the haywire-twist, barrel-roll finish that creates a slip-free, yet solid & secure connection to the eye of bait (remove any split-rings that may come on the lure out of package, this stuff is so thin it will easily work its way thru the split).
-Wire to line: double over the end of wire & tie a 5 up, 3 down albright knot (or modified albright, alberto or whatever theyre calling it this year...)...............& thats it! Not a single tool necessary! Your wire-tags should be kinked & snapped off to produce a burr-free connection to lure and line. Only tool needed is clippers to clip tag from your mono, fluoro tag on the albright.
In comparison to traditional steel leader,
In addition to those mentioned at top are the ability to make exact lengths, it actually slices vegetation due to ultra-thin diameter, your lures will maintain more of their original action. And also, Im much more confident in my abilty to guarantee a quality finished connection than I am of a mfr's ability who mass produces.
If wire gets kinked, it should probably be replaced. Connection takes an extra step or 2 in comparison to simply tying on to swivel of steel leader. (Although, not an issue at all if you prewire steel to lure. Then its just an albright connection to your line), but all-in it probably takes me 1.5-2 minutes tops to take a piece of wire & securely connect it from my line to the lure.
For freshwater applications, the lightest wire in link above (#3-29lb rating) is more than enough for any scenario outside of throwing the largest musky baits on the heaviest gear. I have caught a few 50lb + fish on #3 wire rigged as described.