I'm starting to get the itch to catch some kokanee after a great weekend at Glendo.
When I started fishing for kokes, I had the same problem. Leadcore line was the worst, and when you have 3-4 colors out it seems like we lost 1/2 the fish. I've learned a few things over the years and now only loose maybe 5-10% if that.
Double hooks are a must, or at least real sharp treble hooks. Double hooks like those on APEX or wedding rings are the best. Two hooks for tipping w/corn or wax worms and I rarely loose fish. Trebles on Arnies are good, but I have to keep them sharp. For small spoons like Dick Nites or Needlefish I use a very small trailer treble (sixe 16 or so) and crip the eye down to keep it over the main hook. On lakes like Woford that spoons work the best, this is the best way I've found to keep more fish. Very often I look in the net and they are barely hooked by the trailer.
Snubbers are good for when I'm fishing with p[lanar boards and snap weights, which I greatly prefer to lead core. I can get the stretch from the mono and still get the lures down. Once the snap weights come off, there's no extra weight and the fight is easier. Plus, the weights are off by the time the fish sees the boat. The best is to use light tackle. BPS has some Okuma konanee trolling combos that are excellent, but to get the bait down you need a downrigger.
May have to head to Blue Mesa here real soon!