Maxcatch ones are OK, cheap and cheerful though I always cut them down by a few feet and add a decent bit of tippet to get them back-up to length as I've never really had much confidence in tying a fly directly to the thin end.
Tie your own, for most trout fishing 4’ Of 15lb maxima to 4’ of 8lb to a tippet ring. Use a perfection loop to put it loop to loop on a braided loop or better still a heavier butt section needle knotted. If using poly tips, adjust weight if leader butt section accordingly.
I use anything upto 10’ to the tippet ring (Lough style) but 3-5’ for dry/duo on rivers. I use the same for Czech nymphing but not for French leader, I use a hends.
Formula works in 3’ and 5’ lengths also. And if you’re using it to chuck lures go up to 20lb/12lb.
I buy the 15ft ones then cut 3-6 ft off the thick end, I find the butt ends too thick and bulky on the standard 9ft lengths - if you cut 6ft off the butt end of the 15ft ones you end up with a 9ft leader with a thinnner diameter butt end than if you'd just bought the 9 ft ones. I hope that makes sense, works a treat, much better tapered leaders done that way, I find. I then tie 3ish ft of Middy Fluorocrystal or Stroft on the business end.
*Saying that they do seem to have gone up in price somwhat; the last lot I bought, I seem to recall worked out at around 40p ea landed. Still, can't complain, still a lot less than just about everyone else out there.
I use the Maxcatch leaders when I'm teaching and guiding. No point in spending the thick end of three quid only for someone to turn it into spaghetti in five minutes flat. Actually, they are not bad at all for under a pound a throw and I'll use them myself on the river quite often with no issues.
Like others on here I cut them back a little and add about 3' of tippet and a tippet ring to give me about 11' in total
I also tie my own tapers to suit the flies/conditions, apparently flouro and nylon shouldn't be joined together?
I've found using 0.40/45 flouro butt sections tapered down with maxima gives a better turn over and doubles as a intermediate/midge tip...
I fished 73 days last year, mostly short evening sessions, and went through less than 6 tapered leaders. I buy the 9ft Hardy co-polymer leaders and chop of most of the level front section and add a tippet ring, I then join 5ft of tippet to the ring. At the end of the days fishing I remove the added tippet and replace the leader in my leader wallet ready to be used again. Tapered leaders are cheap in reality.
Good Afternoon or Bore Da.
1/ So I have a Flyline, Aerflo, a braided backing and some Drennan tippet.
The flyline has one loop at the reel end, I was expecting two loops so I could
loop to a tapered leader thus avoiding chopping bits off the flyline.
I know there are "chinese handcuff" braided mesh connectors + superglue,
are these good enough? or am I going to have to tie knots.
2/ Do tapered leaders come with droppers already attached?
3/ Does everyone wear a flotation device when boating or am I being pessimistic