Re: Leader/tippet importance
I'm an amateur but I've been told to use the following rule of thumb to determine the right tippet to turn over the fly properly.
Divide the fly size by 3 and use that leader / tippet size. So a size 12 fly would get a #4 tippet.
I'm sure those with experience can comment on this. Where I get confused is in windy situations calling for a heavy rod & line but using small flies. It seems that one would want a leader with a heavy butt to match up better the fly line, but a fine tippet end to match the fly.
I'm looking forward to more discussion on this topic. Thanks to the OP for bringing this up.
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