Tapered leaders help in many aspects of fly casting as well as for presentation and feel. Available in various lengths and strengths each with their own purpose in mind.
Understanding how the weights are calculated is fairly simple, the smaller the number associated with the X the stronger the line/breaking strain : Example 0X is a strong line with a thick taper- useful for large still waters and hard fighting aggressive fish. A tapered leader with a higher numerical value : Example 7X is a very light and delicate line, these are great for tiny streams and creeks where the water is thin and clear, presentation and visibility are high for the fish resulting in thin light lines to avoid detection.
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