If you are up for the challenge, Cockerham strongly recommends building a tapered leader with short sections of mono. Start by making a Bimini loop with your 2-pound running line, then build a reverse-taper leader using bloods knots to add short sections of 6-, 8-, 10- and, finally, 12-pound mono. "The most important thing to remember when constructing your leader this way is to never completely cinch the blood knot that's connecting the 2-pound and 6-pound - let the fish cinch that one for you," he says. "Most of the time if you try to cinch that knot, it's going to break - if you are lucky and manage to cinch it successfully, the knot has been stressed enough that it will break every time when a fish makes its initial run." When fishing extremely light line, Cockerham prefers rods that are overly soft - something that allows for smooth lob casts. "Any jolt whatsoever in the cast will easily break 2-pound," he says.