Damn! Took a buddy up into an estuary/tidal creek yesterday, looking for searun cutts. We were both planning on using our 4 wts, but I had my 6 wt along with my reel loaded with the Rio Outbound for a backup, as I have seen searuns working schools of baitfish in the estuary before, and I wanted to be prepared to cast a baitfish pattern longer distances if the situatioin arose. He had just returned from a trip to Colorado, and hadn't even unpacked his fly fishing duffel. (I can't imagine doing that before going out on another, different kind of trip). He pulls his reel (Scientific Anglers) out of the bottom of his duffel, and the seat is broken...most likely due to gorilla baggage handlers tossing the bag around (we won't chew him out here for letting his reel be in such a dangerous place, as we all make mistakes). I was then faced with the choice of letting him use my 6wt setup, or loaning him my 4 wt reel. I loaned him the reel, as I have witnessed him breaking rods before. so I ended up using my 6 wt with the intermediate Rio Outbound for casting and stripping Reversed Spiders for the cutties. The wind came up pretty strong, so I wasn't too bummed using the 6 wt. The one 12" searun I caught even put a good bend in the rod for a bit. It was too sunny, bright, and windy for good fly fishing an exposed tidal creek, but my buddy finally caught a nice 13"er, in spite of the wind having its way with us. I was making a cast, and decided I needed a little more line, so stripped some out during a false cast...then decided I needed one more strip to reach my target and *POP* I snapped my running line off with the next strip...wind must have blown a loop of the line around the reel handle (only thing I can figure out) and it popped! Damn! The spot it broke at was only a foot into the running line, and it seemed a bit frayed right there. Now I have to splice this thin floating running line. Should I use the braided mono loops? The smaller diameter ones would be the ones I'd have to use. I have spliced lines before, and have whipped the braided mono loops onto the ends of some of my lines and sinktips, so I know how to do this. I don't think I will be swapping heads with this running line, so maybe just a solid splice? The break is only a foot into the running line, so I'm thinking of cutting off that one foot still on the head and making the splice between the head and the running line. Would this be the best way to go?