Originally Posted by hillbilly rick
Thanks, the leader I'm using now is Berkley specialist 2x
with an .018 butt. Then use a blood knot to tie 4lb. mono for a tippet
(about 2ft) All together it's the length of the rod. The tip of the fly line sinks first. Could it be absorbing water through it?
When I first dress my line, I don't have to muscle it out of the water and I don't hit the water behind me. When the line is sinking, it takes a lot to haul it out and I often have to dodge a large popper
You said the leader was a 2X but you are using a 4 lb tippet. When a leader is 2X, it is .009" thick and should be about 10 lb breaking strength. 2X Berkely Specialist tippet material is 6 lb, still higher than the 4 lb mono you are using.
As a beginner, you need to make sure your leader system is properly designed. You are probably are using regular spinning line for tippet. Therfore I can't tell you whether it is OK or not.
The fact that the line is sinking mean you should replace it. Since it is level line, you can try turning it around. Maybe the other end will float.