Thank you for the advice -- I came to fly fishing from carp fishing on really long (10-12' rods) spinning tackle and I guess I at least *think I'm decent at playing hard-fighting fish and properly setting the drag, etc.
I get that the size of fly directly impacts what tippet size is generally used...especially since you can't fit big tippet into a tiny hook eye sometimes.
On the other hand, I hear fly fisherman talk about "breaking fish off" far, far
more often than I've ever heard from any other fishermen (bass, catfish, pike, carp - including british "bait runner" guys, etc.) and I have to assume it's at least sometimes
due to mismatching tippet and rod size (or rod bend, etc. and all the other factors that affect whether a rod can protect a tippet)...unless fly fisherman are just less skilled at playing fish as a group, which I highly doubt.
I definitely broke off a trout several weeks ago using 8x tippet on a #24 dry fly in WV
....but that was on a 3 weight. When you're used to bigger stuff it takes a while to adjust. I did get one a few minutes later.....but I can't promise I wouldn't break that 8x again if I go back out!
I'll probably give 3x a try -- I mostly was asking because I love my 6 weight and if I am able to use it for my smaller flies, I only need to carry one rod out there
. I'm laaaazzzy!
Thanks again people! You're awesome --