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Tag: tippet

Four Reasons for Tippets and Tapered Leaders

Have a question you want answered? Email it to us at [email protected] Question: Why do we use tippet when we could just tie our flies to the points of our tapered leaders, or why not just skip leaders altogether and use tippet only? — not really Rick Answer: This question, heavily altered from the original submitted by a fellow named Rick (altering...

How to Set Fly Reel Drags

Have a question you want answered? Email it to us at [email protected] Question: What is the proper way to adjust the drag on a fly reel? And how do you go about making sure it’s set properly before you fish? Sylvia P., via email Answer: The role that your reel’s drag plays in any fishing situation varies widely: You don’t need drag at all for...

The Last Link

A Tangled Subject GENERALITIES ABOUT KNOTS are generally wrong or, at best, true only part of the time. But we can rely on one general statement: There is no single best knot for attaching every hook to every type of line. Be wary of claims about the efficiency of knots. When you read that the Reversed Triple Fubar has 97 percent breaking strength — that...

How to Weight Nymph Rigs

Have a question you want answered? Email it to us at [email protected] Question: How do you know how much weight to use when you’re nymphing? via email Answer: This is an age-old question that, unfortunately, has no easy answer. One of the frustrating things about fishing subsurface is that most of the time you can’t see what the hell is going on...

Winter Nymph Rigs

Winter nymph season is upon us, and I lost many flies to the bottom last year (which seemed to be the only way to catch fish). I tend to just straighten my rod and pull when I am hooked, because if I try to save the fly I thrash around a bunch and ruin the fishing. Every time I break off, however, I have to re-tie my double nymph rigs and lose fishing time...

How Long Should a Prepackaged Leader Last?

Have a question you want answered? Email it to us at [email protected] Question: How long should a prepackaged leader last? I feel like I’m going through them pretty fast, and they’re not cheap. Answer: As with many such questions, the answer is “it depends.” In the case of how much use you can get out of a single prepackaged, tapered leader, it...

Under-Appreciated Gear: RIO Extreme Tippet

SOME TIME AGO, in a blog post I read (origin long forgotten), the author provided an alarming account of a speculative concern that Guiness Stout may no longer be offered in the US; lack of consumption being the root cause.  I immediately rushed to the liquor store and picked up several cases.  I have not been able to substantiate the opinion, nor have I...

Constructing Leaders for Largemouth Bass

Have a question you want answered? Email it to us at [email protected] Question: What strength of leader and tippet is good for largemouth bass? Bill Nellums, via email Answer: "Lefty Kreh and I have been going round and round on this question for years," says John Likakis, former editor of Warmwater Fly Fishing magazine. "We both prefer a tapered...

Saltwater: "Tippet In Your Favor"

ON A WINDY MORNING a couple years ago, a friend and I were chasing reds when a spring squall hit. There had been plenty of fish on the flats, and the tide was rising to the right stage, so we endured the weather. There was just one problem: The breeze prohibited my cast from turning over. I was fishing a 10-foot leader and had added three feet of 15-pound...

Billfish: Out of the Blue

WHAT OTHER GAME FISH can you catch that is longer than your fly rod? Fisheries scientists tell us that the sailfish is very likely the fastest fish in the ocean, and from personal experience I tend to agree. The entire process of catching a sail on a fly — which starts with the sail attacking the teaser and ends when you finally release the fish — is...