An ice fishing jig should be necessarily connected to the leader when fishing through ice. Most fish sought in winter have sharp teeth which can bite through the fishing line and increase your chances of losing your catch. In addition, attaching the jig to the leader would allow you to swap lures quickly from swivel rather than re-tying the knots again and again.
Step 1: Get the Right Leader
Since leaders are attached to the end of the fishing line, they should be such that they don’t scare the fish away. Most leaders are a short metal wire and if they are kept light enough, they maintain their invisibility in water. However, you also don’t want your leaders to be too light compared to the weight of the fish. As a result, a minimum 6-pound leader should be a standard guide that you can use when choosing your leader. Also, ensure that the weight does not exceed 10 pounds for then the wire may get too thick and can scare the fish away.
Step 2: Connect the Leader to the Line
The trick in connecting the leader to the line lies in the knots that you use. Your knots should not be so complicated and thick that they entangle with the line or affect the low visibility of the leader. At the same time, they should be strong enough to sustain force in the event of a catch. Thus, for this purpose it is recommended that you use a Double-Uni Knot which is known to pass the test. To tie a Double-Uni Knot, take the ends of the line and the leader and cross them vertically. Make a loop out of overlapping lines and take one end of the line and make it go through the loop five times. Stretch both lines apart so that the loop tightens into a knot. You can lubricate the knot with your tongue and stretch some more to ensure tightness.
Step 3: Attach a Swivel to the Leader
The best way to attach a jig to the leader is with the aid of a swivel. This will be really useful if you may want to detach the jig after a couple of uses. If the jig is tied, you will have to cut the leader every time, which may shorten the wire unnecessarily. Therefore, to attach a swivel to the leader, slide the swivel onto the loop of the leader and close the swivel’s lock. Once the swivel has been closed you apply a little force to check the strength of the connection.
Step 4: Put an Ice Fishing Jig to the Swivel
Choose a suitable jig to put on the other end of the swivel. Your jig should be chosen with respect to the size of the fish you intend to tackle. You can use mechanical jigs easily available in the market for respective fishes which serve the purpose very well. Once the jig has been chosen, open the swivel and slide in the jig. A swivel operates in a similar way to that of a safety pin. So you can squeeze it open and then force it to lock after sliding in the jig using your hands.