Posts Tagged ‘tippet size

16
May
16

Fly Fishing: Tippet (X Size to Pound Size)

A fly fishing technical posting about terminology in leader/tippet sizes. I’m always willing to share most, some…a few of my foibles. Either I am anal retentive or suffering from some degree of ADD or a combination. I have never cared enough to memorize the chart that tells one what approximate pound test matches what X number for leader constuction. Maybe it started when I read the disclaimer that different manufacturers had different diameters hence the charts were approximations. Well, hell, why bother. Well, you have to bother because the industry seems to care about the traditional X numbers for some reason (I was one of the slow ones sitting in the back of the classroom). So, because apparently I need to know more than 8x is cobweb and x1 is for steelhead, I am including a few charts for a Spring refresher. I spend a lot of time in the 4-6# range…no, the 5x-3x range.

18
Mar
11

Fly Fishing: Tippett to Hook Size

Personally, I go as heavy in tippet size as I can, if I am still correctly presenting the fly. Water clarity, current speed, size fish, depth of presentation, weight of the fly and how it turns over all determines the tippet to hook size.

Tippet Size to Hook Size
Tippet is the final section of line connected to the leader. Use the proper tippet size to enable proper turnover of the fly. Using a small fly with a heavy tippet will ruin a delicate presentation. Using a light tippet with a heavy fly prevents proper turnover on the forward cast and will result in a horrible tangle. (Info from Mike’s Catch Report)
Tippet Size
———-Hook Size
05x…………………….5/0, 4/0, 3/0, 2/0
04x…………………….3/0, 2/0, 1/0, 2, 4
03x…………………….1/0, 2, 4
02x…………………….1/0, 2, 4, 6, 8
01x…………………….1/0, 2, 4, 6, 8, 12
0x………………………2, 4, 6
1x………………………4, 6, 8
2x………………………6, 8, 10
3x………………………10, 12, 14
4x………………………12, 14, 16
5x………………………14, 16, 18, 20
6x………………………16, 18, 20, 22, 24
7x………………………18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28
8x………………………22, 24, 26, 28

From AussieFly

Tippet to Hook size & Pound test table

This enables you to turn over your flies correctly, smoothly.

Tippet size
Diameter
Pound test
Fly hook size
0x
.011
15lb
2 – 1/0
1x
.010
12lb
1 – 6
2x
.009
9.5lb
2 – 8
3x
.008
8.0lb
4 – 10
4x
.007
6.5lb
6 – 12
5x
.006
5.5lb
8 – 14
6x
.005
3.5lb
10 – 18
7x
.004
2.5lb
14 – 24
8x
.003
1.0lb
18 – 28



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