Re: hand tied leaders
You'd be better off with a heavier butt
I like to do about 60% butt, 20% mid, 20% tip for a better "transfer of power" from butt to tip.
With the material that you used I would have gone
1' - 8#
Yeah I know that doesn't quite match the formula, but it's close enough.
You can also step down half as much at a time. That's what Lefty recommends.
You always want at least 1 1/2' to 2' of tippet
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