OK, guys.....bear with me. My new Heritage "Laker" tip-ups just arrived today. I have done plenty of research on these forums about hardwater pike. Sounds like herring is more often than not the way to go. I caught several muskies and tiger muskies in the lower 48, most of which were landed on 8-10 lb. mono while fishing for trout, bass and walleye. Do I have to use steel leaders up here, or are they just highly recommended? Are pike leader shy? I was thinking that I could maybe get by using 20-25 lb. test as leader instead but really need some input from some local experts.