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Old 04-13-2012, 03:00 PM
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I'm sure there is a chart or something on this here on the site.

Last night I wanted to see how small of a fly I could tie. I bought a kit when I started tying and it has some tiny hooks. Being a river basser I use pretty big hooks.

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Size 16 hook.

What size leader and tippet would I use for such a small hook?
Could I throw this with a 5 wt.?

BTW - my normal setup is a 12# leader with a 12# fluoro tippet.
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Old 04-13-2012, 03:08 PM
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Sorry - had to laugh.. when I saw #16 and 'small'

16's probably my most common size.. I'll use them commonly on 4x and 5x

with exceptions going both ways
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Old 04-13-2012, 03:16 PM
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Sorry - had to laugh.. when I saw #16 and 'small'

16's probably my most common size.. I'll use them commonly on 4x and 5x

with exceptions going both ways

I forgot that is probably the average size for some people.
Mine are size 4 to 1/0.

I have to respect ya'lls tying ability. I found it tricky.

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Old 04-13-2012, 03:23 PM
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I hear ya.. I have hooks down to 28.. but rarely tie smaller than 24s - and I try to avoid those. That's when my magnifier and light really help.. and every year they get tougher and tougher

I have a separate fly box for my midge patterns.. I call it my LBB box (Little Bitty B#####ds)
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Default Re: Fly Size to Tippet Size

I'm a slow typer-- while I was banging away Dave beat me to it, but here it is better late than never..


Hey Riverbilly looks like you're having fun tying.


Sure you're 5 weight would be great for perfect for throwing a size 16--

Generally a 5 weight will easily throw flies size 6 or 8 down to as small as they make 'em, size 32. You can throw larger stuff too, but large wind resistant flies and poppers and/or big heavily weighted stuff would usually be easier to throw with a heavier weight fly rod.

A 5x tippet would be about right for the size 16 fly-- Generally I use a knotless tapered monofilament leader about as long as my rod (9' long) and add a short (about 2') section of tippet to the end of the leader-- that way you can change flies without chopping up your tapered leader too much.

Here's a link to some info and a chart from our Fly Fishing Gear FAQ forum that might help: http://www.theflyfishingforum.com/fo...-do-i-use.html

There area couple different guidelines you can use to match fly size with tippet size-- the one that's easiest to remeber is hook size divided by 3 = tippet size--- so for a fly on a size 12 hook, size 12 / 3 = 4X tippet.

for your size 16, divided by 3 = 5X (since 5 is the closest to 5.333333)

That said, if all you have is 4x or 6x that doesn't mean you have to pack up and go home-- these are just guidelines
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Hey Riverbilly looks like you're having fun tying.
I really am. And the best part is they catch fish.

Thanks for the information, I might get a chance to try it this weekend.
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Default Re: Fly Size to Tippet Size

Riverbilly use 4x or 5x and tye the 16 behind your larger streamer. I like flashback phesant tails and hairs ears, but just about anything 8" to 12" behind will do.

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Default Re: Fly Size to Tippet Size

I am with Peregrines, I divide the hook by 3 or 4 depending upon size of fish and clarity of the water.
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Default Re: Fly Size to Tippet Size

Tried the link above to no avail but here's one. I first saw this in a brochure from Cortland and soon after or before Orvis so the credit is to them I suppose: Tippet To Fly-Size Chart - Fly Fishing & Fly Tying Information Resource Above that and hte divide rule above, keep in mind that when you use a bead head, a weighted fly or one that is aerodynamically hindered such as a Gurgler, or a Goddard caddis, the size should be adjusted a tad.
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