THanks Aaron - much appreciated.
Interesting timing, I received my copy of SWFF yesterday with an article by Chico Fernandez touting the value of a 12' leader using the 50/25/25 formula.
It's been so long since I worried about leader tapers. A few of my friends that have fished warmwater & trout with me always remark at my 4' of 15# mono with a 4' 4# tippet. I guess some salt species (stripers in deep) are a little more forgiving.