After many prompts from Pete, I finally invested in a furled leader. Tried it out in a quick trip to Middle Prong today and I believe I'm really going to like it. Tied about 4' of tippet to the end (again, at Pete's suggestion). Takes some adjustments in your cast but it tends to float to a landing rather than my previous "thunk" with a mono leader.
Now, we'll see how it produces.