Re: Getting fish to the reel/drag
If you ever happen to cast a big jumbled pile of leader/tippet, make sure to check on it and take away any small overhand knots you find. unneeded knots are often the weak points in lines so try to get them off before they get too tight, especially if its on the tippet which is the weakest point to begin with.
You also don't NEED to use the reel, you can keep on stripping and land the fish that way, especially if you sight fished it right close, but of course its always exciting having the reel scream.
I too am used to braided lines and i this is my first full year of fly fishing so i've been scared of broken tippets. thankfully it hasn't happened on a fish yet, though it has happened on plenty of branches.