Line looks great, have no used on the water yet to test out the float. It doesn’t retain too much memory on the spool and lays pretty after casting. There is a welded loop on both the weight forward section and the end to connect to the backing. I’m not sure why that’s the case unless you intend to tie a perfection loop in your backing line... even then, you would have to run the length of the fly line through to make the handshake... I ended up cutting it off and using an albright knot. I purchased this for a back up fly outfit that had less then ideal line on it. For the price I’m not sure you can go wrong here. I ran the whole length of the line through my fingers and didn’t see or feel any imperfections.