Originally Posted by silver creek
For a newbie, that is what I use as a rule of thumb. If you can't handle that shorten the leader by a foot.
I also use a rule of thumb for tippet to fly size for newbies. Divide the hook size by 4 for newbies and by 3 for as you get better. For example on a size 16 fly, a newbie would use a 4X tippet for better control; and then as their casting and accuracy got better, they would use a 5X tippet.
This sounds like good advice. I wonder if some of the issues I've been having throwing long leaders and light flies could be fixed by this. I'll try next time I'm out.