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  • I am fairly new to fly fishing and have a question about leaders and tippets. What is the difference between using a fly fishing

    I am fairly new to fly fishing and have a question about leaders and tippets. What is the difference between using a fly fishing leader and tippet and using regular monofilament lines?

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    I posted answers on this a couple of times. Leaders are typically tapered, going from thick at the fly line to thin at the tip. They provide a smooth transition from the fly line to the fly, allowing the fly to turnover smoothly when you cast. Too thin or long a leader will create casting problems. Too thick or short might result in poor presentation.

    The tippet is the same diameter across it's length, like mono. Tie a piece to the end of the leader to extend it's length, tying the other end to the fly. I use a surgeon's knot. If you keep tying flies directly to the leader it decreases in length and the diameter increases. I start that way, but add tippet when the leader gets too short or the diameter too thick. Also use tippet to tie droppers.

    Leaders and tippets are sold by "X" designation or pounds test and length. The higher the X the smaller the line diameter. The X on the leader tells you the diameter at its tip. Typically match that with the same size or next smaller tippet.

    Typical guideline is to divide the hook size by 3 to get the proper leader/tippet size - for a size 14 hook, 14/3=4.3, so go with either a 4x or 5x.

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    • #3
      Sorry, 14/3=14.7, but still, a 4x or 5x should do.

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      • #4
        I second what MLH said, a fly fishing leader has a taper, and you add a section of tippet to make it last longer, and they come in many types.
        (mono, floro, braided, furled, hand tied, and floating.)

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