**The Steel Factor **
Pike and muskie anglers have a new weapon in their tackle boxes-thanks to the folks at Tyger Leader. The whisper-thin, nylon-coated, microbraided stainless-steel leader handles the toothiest critters, yet remains supple enough to tie directly to a hook or lure. Tyger comes in 5-, 15-, 30-, or 50-pound-test. Prices start at $7.50 for 10 feet of 5-pound-test. % 707-975-9068; www.tygerleader.com.