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Old 08-30-2009, 06:58 PM
 
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Default Fluorocarbon tippet

Can you tie a fluorocarbon tippet material on to a mono leader?

You've been fishing a caddis, but decide nymphing is the way to go. You have a 9 to 10 ft. 5x leader. Can you cut off the tippet or a little more and rebuild your learder with fluorocarbon for better sinking toward the tip? Or is the knot more likely to slip?
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That's exactly what I do. I get tapered leaders, cut off the tippet, then tie on fluorocarbon tippet. I have yet to have it come untied. I've used both surgeons knots and loop to loop connections.
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Hi alligator,

I think Fluor is over rated and I pretty much use mono. Mono is limper and cost a lot less than Fluor. In most river fishing situations the water is not that deep and a weighted fly probably will sink about as fast no mater what leader material you use. Fluor also does not hold knots quite as well as mono. If you are fishing subsurface then I don't think the tippet material is going to make that much difference.

If you feel Fluor is working best for you then use it. I always cut off the tippet on a leader and leave about 6 inches of the tippet. Then tie a loop in that short section of tippet. Now you can loop connect Mono or Fluor as the fishing conditions warrant. I especially like this arrangement on subsurface fishing as the loop knot can hold split shot and not slide down the tippet.

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Frank, As always, thanks for the excellent information.
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