7 & 8x! Great for dries like parachutes, it won’t capture any hackle fibers. Here’s a 5” Deceiver w/20 lb and a #16 midge emerger tied with 7x, I left the tag ends on showing how much tippet was used. Try one...you’ll like it!
Bowline is known for working itself if loaded and unloaded and generally used with a long tag or a stopper, have you found that cutting the tag quite short that it stays tied?
I don't recall for sure but it seems to me that bowlines are only rated at 50-60% of line strength, reason I asked about tippet size, so you haven't had any problems with 7x breaking off?
I'm not a fan of loops, but I may try it just out of curiosity. Four loop to loops using bowline, perfection, non-slip and surgeon's loops pull with might and see what gives first.
I leave a nub of a tag just so if it wants to cinch up tighter. Me break 7x....heck yes!! Darn tuna hook set sometimes! As long as you have at least around 14” of tippet, it has give/stretch to it. Fishing chironomids and wet flies loops and extra life in your bugs with movement and wiggle. I’m happy with it, easy to tie so I use it on all. Just my .02