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Old 07-07-2009, 11:26 AM
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I am currently purchasing Orvis' Mirage Fluorocarbon tippet (4X, 5X and 6X), and being fairly new to the sport I am unfortunately going through quite a bit of the stuff and at 10 bucks a pop the cost is adding up a little.

I was just wondering what people thought of the whole mono/nylon verses fluorocarbon issue. The former can be picked up at half the cost (RIO Powerflex $4.25/Orvis Super Strong $3.95), is the latter really worth the extra $5/6 and do you or the fish really notice the difference?

What is your take on all of this?
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Hi DBJ1000,

People have been catching Trout for years with out Fluor. If it is causing you some grief in your pocket book I would stop using it.

It has a lot to do with how much pressure the fish are under where you are fishing. I fish mono tippets all the time and don't feel that I am missing out on fish. If you are fishing very shallow water with lots of activity then you might consider Fluor for those situations. It is a matter of doing everything you can to stack the odds in your favor. Fluro is just one more plus that might help you catch more fish.

I wounder what you are doing that is using up so much tippet. Thirty meters of tippet material should last quite a while.

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Buy bulk. You can get 100' spools of various flouro fairly cheap. I use 4# test Vanish for 5x tippet.
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Default Re: Thoughts on tippet.

On the waters around here the fish see tremendous pressure, they continue to raise the bar on our performance. As Frank mentioned, on lower pressure waters Flouro is less an issue. Water that is crystal clear allows more careful shopping by "Walter" as well. We also use it to hasten the fly' decent into the "zone", on very fast flowing waters. It's primary use is in indicator fishing and for droppers from hoppers, etc...
Being more dense than water, and non refractive, it has it's place in our box of tricks. Like all good tools, there is a price to pay. The cost is deferred a bit because it doesn't degrade as fast as Mono, so is good for more than one season.
The best use recently, was on some very hot lake fish that would break off on 5x in a blink, but were trainible on 4x Flouro.
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I agree with Frank. There are a lot of fish that have been caught by a lot of people without using Fluorocarbon tippet. But, as Bigfly points out, there's really no downside to stacking things in your favor; particularly where the fish are "educated" and the fishing is challenging. This is particularly true in the Northeast US region, where the number of streams is limited, the average stream size is small and the number of fishermen is large. Personally, I use Fluoro tippet all the time for fishing the streams in the NY/NJ/PA area.
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I've never used flourocarbon tippet. The local shop owner told me that it'll
pull a dry midge under....???
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