i hesitate to even start.......
We have a small stream here that gets a bunch of pressure.
Fish can go up to 30" or so.....
These wild fish know what's up.
Early in the season they may fall with 5x tippet.
But after that, it's 6x, and still later 7x.
There are few things harder than landing a fish that size on spider silk.
Just between us....i mud my leader and stay with 5x.......would you rather fight a big fish on 6lb, or 2.5lb?
If sun is on the water, i hide my leader shadow.
My mantra, "if i can see my leader, they can see my leader."
in moving water, the surface is broken enough to not worry so much.
Do your own clinic in 8" of water....check out that shoe lace sized shadow on the bottom.
Now, mud that leader and repeat clinic.
As a friend says....would you eat a pizza with a rope tied to it?
Well Jim... You taught me something new, again! I'll have to look into it.My experience over thirty years with this mud stuff keeps me using it.
Glad someone is willing to test tippet....
Can't imagine anything less fun......unless it's on fish.
My testing, although slightly less rigorous, led me to use the strongest rated leader and knots. Go figure.....
Now, just gotta find some fish.....