Re: Equipment/tackle assistance please.
a tapered leader is just to better turn the line/fly over better. (if you match it up right) a fly line tapers and the leader should be closest in diameter to the end you are tying to, in saltwater it is not used universally as distance sometimes isn't that important (in many situations) an orvis 20 lb tapered leader is like 7 feet long and will taper to what appears in hand to only be 10 lb test if that, but the strength of the leader (in water) holds roughly that and not much more. unless you cut some back to say 5 feet. then your odds of a breakoff are reduced imo