Re: Snapping my line!!!!
Oh, I should also mention that it would be better if your mono leader IS long enough that it goes through the guides. You want that stretch in the leader to take up the force of the cast. When tying direct like you are, it's not a good idea to have that junction between braid and leader out past the end of the rod during the cast.
Many people recommend making the leader long enough that it actually has a couple wraps on the spool during the cast,,, of course you must be able to tie a quality low profile knot for this to work well.