Originally Posted by JayO
Thank you for the link and i will pick up a CD on casting.
Bear in mind i am brand new when i ask this... Is the leader the same thing as a tippet? and i was tying on just a leader to my fly line and nothing more, just fly line and 9' 8 pound leader and feel i am missing something?
What the heck is a tippet anyway?
Sorry I didnt get back to you sooner. I am traveling and won't have assess to a computer all of the time.
If you look at the leader terminology you can see that the butt of the leader ties to your fly line. The other end of the leader that is very thin, is the tippet. So your 9' leader has a tippet of some X rating and a butt of a much larger diamater.
, heaviest portion of the leader, attached to the fly line end
, part of the leader forward of the butt section
, thinnest or lightest line strength segment of a tapered leader
Now study this chart and it will show how the X rating gives you the diamater of the tippet and the strength in pounds.
The small spools of leader material come in the same X ratings as leaders so you can repace the tippet on your leader as it gets shorter. If the tippet end of your leader is 5X then you would use a small spool of 5X leader materal to replace the tippet on your 9' leader.
So here we are. We have a 9' leader with a heavy butt and a fine tippet. You tie the butt end of the leader to the fly line. You tie the fly to the tippet end of the leader. Now after you have cut off or lost a few flies and the tippet gets shorter and shorter you need to tie on another tippet to your leader. You get out your small spool of leader material that has the same X rating as the tippet end of your leader. You cut off a 2' peice of leader material from the small spool and tie it to the end of your leader. You can use a double surgen knot or a barrel/blood knot. Your 9' leader that got down to 7' is now bact to 9' again. Hey this stuff is easy.
When you practice you need to have a leader tied to the fly line and a fly tied to the tippet of the leader. You need to cut off the hook of the fly at the bend of the hook. Look at the table above and it will tell you what size of fly you shoud be using on your tippet.
Jay, think this over a bit and lets start again with any other questions. Get that DVD asap and a lot of your casting questions will be answered.