Re: Dumb question Not at all, a damned good question.
Give you another view of "Transfer of Energy" and that's all that's going on with the fly line, to the leader, to the tippet, to the fly.
My first guess is your leader config. is too heavy (butt section) for the fly line you are using. End of fly line must match up with the leader butt section in 'width/weight.' Or leader less.
Think of a couple of garden hoses; yes this sounds like a silly analogy, but this just simple Physics. Probably the wrong word?
You have a 3/4" hose to a yard spigget down to a 1/2." Water pressure in the first is 'x' being transferred to 'y.' In the smaller pipe water pressure will increase, 'That's just a fact jack' sort of thing. Transfer of energy, not volume.
Now you reverse same? And you get what?
Just the reverse.
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