Fly Fishing Tippet

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Umpqua Deceiver X Fluorocarbon Tippet Material NEW
$14.99
Umpqua Deceiver HD Fluorocarbon Shock Tippet NEW
Starting at $29.99
Umpqua Perform X HD Saltwater Tippet NEW
$5.99
Scientific Anglers Absolute Leader Material
$9.95
Scientific Anglers Absolute Fluorocarbon Shock Tippet
Starting at $24.95
Scientific Anglers Absolute Fluorocarbon Tippet
$14.95
Scientific Anglers Absolute Fluorocarbon Trout Tippet
$14.95
Scientific Anglers Absolute Predator 7x7 Knottable Wire
$19.95
Scientific Anglers Absolute 1x7 Nickel Titanium Wire
Starting at $24.95
Scientific Anglers Switch Tippet Holder Loaded
$49.95
Scientific Anglers Switch Tippet Holder
$19.95
Scientific Anglers Absolute Tippet Supreme Fluorocarbon
$29.95
Scientific Anglers Absolute Trout Supreme Tippet Fluorocarbo…
$29.95
Scientific Anglers Stainless Steel Wire Tippet
$6.95
Stay-Lok Snaps NEW SIZE
Starting at $5.99
Scientific Anglers Tippet Rings
$9.95
Scientific Anglers Absolute Trout Tippet
$6.95
Scientific Anglers Absolute Trout Stealth Tippet
$6.95
Scientific Anglers Absolute Tippet
$6.95
Scientific Anglers Absolute Fluorocarbon Saltwater Tippet
$14.95
Scientific Anglers Absolute Hard Mono Leader Material
$14.95
Scientific Anglers Outpost Tippet Holder NEW
$29.95
Scientific Anglers Wrist Spool Holder NEW
$14.95
RIO Powerflex Wire Bite Kit 2 Pack NEW
$9.99
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What you need to know about tippets:

Tippets on leaders are often confusing for fly anglers getting started. The tippet is the final section, and usually the thinnest, of the leader that attaches to your fly. The confusing part is you can also purchase spools of tippet material. You can fish the fly leader right out of the package it came in. However, as you shorten the original portion of the leader by changing flies, breaking off fish, etc., instead of throwing away the leader you can add tippet material from a separate spool to get back to your normal leader length and keep fishing. This will be a lot more economical than just putting a new leader on the fly line. So, while the tippet is part of the leader, you can add more tippet material to it.

The mysterious part for many anglers is picking the correct tippet size on your leader. For many heavy leaders like we use for bass, steelhead or bonefish, it is pretty easy. The leader's breaking strength is noted on the package i.e. #8, #10. Pick the breaking strength based on the water you are fishing and the fish's size you expect to encounter.

Tippet Strength

Things change a bit with the smallest or lightest leaders we use. These are typically the trout or panfish leaders. These leaders' sizes are noted as an X number. While confusing, it is simple if you remember one number. That number is 3. If you divide the hook size you will be using by 3 you will get the tippet X size to use. For example, a size #12 fly would balance and cast best with a 4X tippet, #18 with a 6X. With #14 you could go either to a 4X or 5X. We like to error on the smaller size to fool the fish easier.

If you want to take it a bit further remember one more number, the number 11. If you subtract the X number from 11 it will give you the tippet diameter in thousandths of an inch. For instance, an 8X tippet is .003 and 5X is .006. Notice the bigger the X number the thinner the tippet diameter. You don't really need to know this but it will show you that no matter what brand you are buying the sizes are the same.

Tippet Diameter (in)Tippet Size
.003 8X
.004 7X
.005 6X
.006 5X
.007 4X
.008 3X
.009 2X
.010 1X
.011 0X

Tippet Materials

One more word on tippets. They are made of either monofilament or fluorocarbon. Most anglers use mono tippet material but fluorocarbon can be very useful in some scenarios. Fluoro is more abrasion resistant than mono and less visible as well. This makes it a good choice for saltwater fishing and other instances where bigger fish are found in areas with rocky bottoms, coral or around wood and brush. Fluoro also sinks so be aware you don't want to use it on topwater flies. It can be used in nymphing for trout too. 

Hopefully, this clears things up for you but if you still have questions please reach out to us for help.

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