...... I've done everything except for the braided loop:
Tie a 10" section of butt material to the line, and tie a perfection loop on the
Tie the leader directly to the line, using one of the following: nail knot, needle
nail knot, or a Zap-a-Gap connection a la
Most of my lines have a short section of 40lb mono (5/6wt lines), needle knotted to the fly line, and with a perfection loop to attach the leader.
I keep the perfection loops VERY
small, and can see a smooth tunrover
You can tie the leader right to the fly line, and use a 3X size. If you want
to move down to a 4X, clip all but 6" of the 3X tippet off, and then tie
20" of 4X tippet to the end. You can snip the 3X off, tie 6" of 4X, and then
add a 5X or 6X tippet section to that. I did this for a while (and still do
when I only have a 4X leader for example, but want a 5X), and it works very well.