Re: Old Timer New Fly Rodder
Joe, welcome to the addiction, like others have said! William is right about the tippet, you don't really need to add more to a new tapered leader. The main reasons you'll add tippet is like William said and you have chopped off enough that the line starts getting too thick OR you feel that the tippet you're using is too large and is spooking fish. With 6x, this shouldn't be the case all too often.
As far as fishing buddies go, where abouts do you live?
Working out a way to convince my university to allow me to hold my TA office hours on the nearby creek...