For that size Tarpon, I would use a 50 or 60# bite tippet. I like to use the Slim Beauty for my leader to bite tippet connection; I wouldn't use a loop to loop there. Also, I like to have the loop in my fly line and the loop in my backing both be 8". That way I can pass the reel through the line loop, or the line spool/coil through the backing loop. (In the boat vs. back at the house) It is important when doing a loop to loop connection to make a handshake (quasi sheet-bend) knot not a cinch knot, since the majority of the strength in that connection is from the sheet-bend. If you cinch it, the whipped loop is much less likely to hold.
We live in complex times, what with fishing,sailing and skiing seasons overlapping.
Last edited by vtloon; 04-20-2009 at 03:02 PM.