Flankfeather: good question - sort of a work in progress, still. I've used a 10ft sinking trout size polyleader to good effect with streamers. A floating 10 ft trout sized polyleader - not too happy with that, although it works. The Ambush is sort of a clunky line by itself in some respects, and this adds to the mass. I may save that for really windy days, although I'm not sure that's a great idea. I think for dries and swinging soft hackles, etc., near the surface, I prefer a regular mono leader. It turns over fine as long as I stay off the gas, and results in a much nicer presentation. Going easy with this rod is a generally good piece of advice, in my experience - it will easily cast as far as I need to for trout fishing if I let it do all the work.