Because of their sharp teeth, wire traces for pike are an absolute must. When fishing with smaller lures that the pike can inhale easily, or when using dead or live baitfish, a rather long wire trace should be used. If you are fishing with large lures or trolling, you can instead use shorter wire traces.
Wire leaders for pike are needed when fishing with baitfish, smaller lures, such as jigs and spinnerbaits, or softbaits, as these can be swallowed swiftly and easily by the pike. For larger lures and when trolling for pike, one can instead use a thick fluorocarbon leader.