Last year in Maine fishing for land locked salmon was the first time fishing for them that I just went with a three piece leader to include the tippet.. The tippet was 8lb Maxima Chameleon , same stuff we use for trolling for them. But it turned over fine with Gray Ghost tube flies on there. Caught some nice fish, no worries of breaking off. It would be a different configuration in a caddis hatch but no caddis on that trip in Sept, not in that run anyway.
For bass I do about the same as Mike, two piece leader. I have a tag of old leader butt section that forms a connection loop off the line ( some of my lines have no factory loop on them) and to that I loop my hand tied leader, what ever configuration I'm using . For bass it's just two pieces ( 17lb mono and either 12 or 8 lb tip end and that loop on the line is probably about 30lb since that's what I have here if to make my own).. It's fairly short though, no problem turning over foam or deer hair poppers. Maybe I said this already a few pages back, if so ignore.