Gerri; A furled leader made from 4 lb. test mono or fluorocarbon will have a break strength of 12 lbs. Which should handle your Stripers. A braided leader is hollow and will spray water a furled leader is not and like your fly line will lose the water on the back cast. A thread leader can be treated with flotant and does a great job presenting dry fly's. PM your address and I'll send you a couple.