Thanks for the review, Robert. It's great to read an opinion from someone who spends as much time fishing as you do.
What about tapered leaders? I've tried Rio, Umqua and Cabela's, with my preference in that order. I lost a nice bass this morning that looked to be a five pounder...I had the Cabela's leader tied on and I got broke off in clear water a few feet from a grass bed. No obstructions, no cover of any kind. Saw the take, set the hook, and watched the fish swim away with the fly in his mouth after the leader failed.
At some point I'm sure I'll get into tying my own leaders, but in the meantime I'd appreciate any feedback from you or any of the other longtime fly fishermen (and women) on this forum.