I've come to the conclusion that I don't like the prefab leader loop that came on my fly line so I am going to get rid of it. While I do like Frank's handmade loop
, I want to try something a little less involved before doing that much.
I've heard that a mono butt section can be tied directly to the fly line and provide a loop for the leader. I like the idea of keeping loops out of the fly line material so I really want to try this.
My questions are as follows:
1) What sort of line should I use for this butt section? Mono seems to be the old standby but I am willing to try other stuff based on better casting qualities.
2) What weight? Some people seem to use 20lbs mono but I have heard of 40lbs and everything in between. I am running a 6wt rod with weight forward line. I've heard the heavier stuff helps punch through the wind but haven't heard how this affects turnover.
3) Knot - fly line to the butt section - nail knot or albright or something else?
Thanks in advance, everyone!