I was looking back over your post;
Mataura mayfly wrote:Hank, In my opinion, 16lb might be a little light for a #5 weight line and I am usually fishing #5-7 weight gear here. If using a factory tapered leader, the butt end "add on" should be the same thickness or slightly thicker than the butt section of the factory leader.
Hank, this is all just how I do it- others opinion may differ and after a bit of time with said rod, your own opinion may differ, but it gives you somewhere to start.
about the building and adjusting leaders, and it dawned on me that you are 'normally' hooking into trouts that weigh in in excess of 3 or 4 pounds.
The tiny tikes that I'll be after will be in at 1.5 pounds or much less. I'm thinking 15# might even be to much