Sorry - but most will suggest that the top leaders should be almost as long as the distance from the top to bottom of the handles!! Don't see anything wrong with the bottoms, but I think the tops should be much longer!!! IMHO!!!
I'm going to try this setup out tomorrow, hopefully it works out. No night mission tonight
Keep in mind the finished handles were made using only the factory leader pieces, which were only about 5" to begin with (top and bottom). Which struck me as odd... I figured the top leaders should be a little longer right from the factory, to compensate for the the bend in the handle, but these handles had leaders that were about same length top and bottom. I figured it was an SUL design thing, as these came from an SUL kit. But that's why there's only an inch between the handle and the first top knot and the handle and the bottom knot, because the leader material wasn't plentiful enough. There's about 3/8" between the top knots.
If it doesn't work out tomorrow, I'll be back on the 13"s till I get heavy enough line to try and make another one and that one will have plenty long leaders for sure