Re: Scientific Anglers L2L
I think the rod must be your problem...ship it to me and I'll take it off your hands!
I don't know what the problem is, but I think you can learn to live with it. With an 8 foot rod, you should have no trouble handling leaders of at least 9 feet, and probably more. Just make sure you don't try to cast without a few feet of fly line beyond the tip, and learn to stop reeling in the fish before the connector gets inside the tip. By holding the rod above your head, you should be able to hand-land your fish.
If it still bothers you, probably the best fix would be to tie a good blood knot to your leader, coat it with Plio-bond or other flexible waterproof glue, to taper the knot on both ends. Use the leader until the tippet and mid sections are used up, then cut off most of the leader and make a loop connector out of the end of the butt.
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