Talking About Tippet -- Size, Strength, Length and Rigging

May 21, 2023 Domenick Swentosky Season 7 Episode 7
Talking About Tippet -- Size, Strength, Length and Rigging
Show Notes

The leader might be the most important piece of gear that we have -- more consequential than the rod, the fly line, or even the fly itself. And of course, at the tail end of the leader is the tippet.

All anglers must make decisions about tippet every day. What size and strength? What type of tippet? And how long should the tippet section be? Because, what might seem like a small decision, can have a big impact on the presentation of the fly, leading to failure or success.

Some of these decisions are almost right and wrong. Meaning, there’s a way to do it that works and a way that just does not work. However, there’s a lot more room for personal preference, style and situations in these tippet decisions than there is right or wrong.

In this episode, the Troutbitten crew talks through these tippet decisions around the scenarios of fishing streamers, fishing dry flies and fishing nymphs.

We Cover the Following

  • Fluorocarbon vs nylon
  • Fly size and tippet selection
  • The importance of flexibility in tippet
  • The importance of turnover in tippet
  • Dry fly leader tapers in the tippet section
  • Durability and abrasion resistance
  • Do you really need 8X?
  • Are trout leader shy?
  • Tippet selection for improved sink rate
  • . . . and more


READ: Troutbitten | The George Harvey Leader Design
READ: Troutbitten | Why You Might Not Need of the Crutch of 6X and Smaller Tippets
READ: Troutbitten | Fly Shop  Fluorocarbon to Expensive? Try Invizx
READ: Troutbitten | You Need Turnover



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