Re: Level leader question - fly sizes
While my trout leader formulas have multiple step-downs, I'll normally use a simple 3 part hand tied leader for both warm and salt water. (except for big poppers when I use the 6' straight mono)
Most of the time it will be similar to what you're thinking with 4 feet of butt section, 2 feet of mid, and a 2 foot tippet.
Another simple leader that Lefty advocates is to make a 4 part leader with each section half the length of the previous
The simpler the outfit, the more skill it takes to manage it, and the more pleasure one gets in his achievements.” --- Horace Kephart