Originally Posted by oarfish
I agree that piece or pieces of leader and tippet are the most important component of yours or mines cast, with millions of options how do we relate this info to new casters? We fish wind and large waves down to small streams and raging rivers and we use a different rig for each, how did we come to this success, it’s trail and error we can only give a starting point to the journey and it still might not be right.
No, it's actually very simple
sweetandsalt's explanation above is a good start for the original poster in this thread as that's the single best answer to his question about leaders and tippets
Mr. Turbine's method works also but only with a more 'course' style of fishing and I do that too, but I certainly would not recommend that to a serious trout fisherman. You need to use every advantage when casting to trout and that especially includes a good quality tapered leader. (personally, I construct my own from mono)