I recently had a friend with me and he was fishing with braid with no leader. I was using braid with a fluorocarbon leader. I told him he needed a leader but he was ok with his braid. I caught 8 keeper specks and he caught 1. One of my neighbors was fishing the same way recently and I put 3 in the box before he got a bite. He said he was convinced and tied on a leader and started catching fish. I hope if you are doing this, please try a leader and see if it helps. I am always trying to improve so if you have some advice or input please speak up and let us know.