I've tied and used many different tapered leaders, but have little experience with single-diameter leaders of much length. So we'll wait to hear from those who know level leaders.
Leaders designed in the spirit of the famous 60/20/20% formula almost always work. And this includes simplified tapered leaders of just two or three sections. It's so easy to whip up a simple tapered leader and get one that performs better than a level leader. For one thing, you can use a perfection loop at the butt end with assurance that it won't break while the tippet knot to the fly holds!
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