RE:clear intermediate to backing connection?
I kinda like the flouro tinting on the back end of the running line. I was lucky enough to watch it screaming into the wash more times than average last year and it acted like a warning sign to expect the knot any second... klunk/klunk/klunk - there it went! Never had to look down at the spool.
Now if it were a double taper and the other end was my longevity plan, I might not feel quite as non-chalant about it.