The North American Fly Fishing Forum
Go Back   The North American Fly Fishing Forum > General Fly Fishing Discussion > General Discussion

General Discussion General discussions regarding fly fishing as a whole. Ask questions. Get answers...


Like Tree4Likes
  • 1 Post By mcnerney
  • 2 Post By bloomagoo
  • 1 Post By fq13

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 09-16-2013, 04:25 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 27
ibcrewin is on a distinguished road
Default Attaching 2x tippet on a 5x tapered leader.

Hi all,
I've been following the boards and have picked up a LOT of information. I've also been enjoying all the great pics you guys post.

I have a question I haven't really seen an answer too. I have a 5x tapered leader on my set up right now. I've changed flies a few times and I've trimmed off about 2ft so far. I was thinking of throwing some size 4 flies and I know I need a 2x tippet..

Can I attach the 2x tippet material (from a spool) to the 5x leader? From what i've seen the 5x is the first 24" of material 3x is the next six inches, and the next 6 after that is 2x. It seems obvious to me that the answer is yes, but I'm not 100% sure.

Your thoughts?
Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 09-16-2013, 04:30 PM
mcnerney's Avatar
Administrator
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Pinedale, WY
Posts: 11,800
mcnerney has a reputation beyond reputemcnerney has a reputation beyond reputemcnerney has a reputation beyond reputemcnerney has a reputation beyond reputemcnerney has a reputation beyond reputemcnerney has a reputation beyond reputemcnerney has a reputation beyond reputemcnerney has a reputation beyond reputemcnerney has a reputation beyond reputemcnerney has a reputation beyond reputemcnerney has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Attaching 2x tippet on a 5x tapered leader.

Yes! When you go to tie in the 2x tippet just make sure it is equal to or smaller (in diameter) than what you have remaining on the leader.
mridenour likes this.
__________________


Larry
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 09-16-2013, 06:03 PM
Liphookedau's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: AUSTRALIA
Posts: 2,298
Liphookedau is a splendid one to beholdLiphookedau is a splendid one to beholdLiphookedau is a splendid one to beholdLiphookedau is a splendid one to beholdLiphookedau is a splendid one to beholdLiphookedau is a splendid one to beholdLiphookedau is a splendid one to behold
Default Re: Attaching 2x tippet on a 5x tapered leader.

As Larry has said it's quite easy to do make sure you make a good knot also if needed you can add the 2X on again.
Brian.
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 09-16-2013, 06:04 PM
bloomagoo's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 154
bloomagoo is on a distinguished road
Default Re: Attaching 2x tippet on a 5x tapered leader.

What mcnerney said. If you must, clip back your tapered leader until you reach the designed diameter.
mcnerney and mridenour like this.
__________________
"Work is what I do in between fishing trips."
on Youtube at BlooMagooTV
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 09-16-2013, 06:39 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: South Florida
Posts: 994
fq13 is just really nicefq13 is just really nicefq13 is just really nicefq13 is just really nice
Default Re: Attaching 2x tippet on a 5x tapered leader.

Not a problem. My go to knot for tying on tippets is the surgeons knot. Its stronger and easier then a blood knot. But, if you're using a hard mono 2x, tying it to 5x, it might not bite. You'll just have to see if it holds. Here you might want to use either an Albright knot or a uni knot connection. Both are very easy to tie, and designed for tying lines of differing diameters together. They're more of a hassle than the surgeons knot, but if you tie a half dozen of each you've got it down. Here are the links.



mcnerney likes this.
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 09-16-2013, 09:44 PM
bloomagoo's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 154
bloomagoo is on a distinguished road
Default Re: Attaching 2x tippet on a 5x tapered leader.

why not just use a loop to loop using perfection loops in both leader and tippet?
__________________
"Work is what I do in between fishing trips."
on Youtube at BlooMagooTV

Last edited by bloomagoo; 09-16-2013 at 09:59 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 09-16-2013, 10:04 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 1,744
silver creek has a reputation beyond reputesilver creek has a reputation beyond reputesilver creek has a reputation beyond reputesilver creek has a reputation beyond reputesilver creek has a reputation beyond reputesilver creek has a reputation beyond reputesilver creek has a reputation beyond reputesilver creek has a reputation beyond reputesilver creek has a reputation beyond reputesilver creek has a reputation beyond reputesilver creek has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Attaching 2x tippet on a 5x tapered leader.

Take the 2X tippet and place it right next to the end of the leader that you wane to add it to. You can now compare the "thickness" of the 2x tippet to the end of the leader.

If the end of the leader is thicker than the 2x tippet, most times you can tie the tippet right the end of the leader.

If the end of the leader is thinner than the 2x tippet, move the tippet until you find a section of the leader that is the same diameter as the tippet. Cut the end of the leader off and tie to the tippet to the remaining leader body which will be 2X.
__________________
Regards,

Silver

http://tinyurl.com/kkctayx

"Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought"..........Szent-Gyorgy
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old 09-17-2013, 05:07 AM
pszy22's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Michigan
Posts: 560
pszy22 is a splendid one to beholdpszy22 is a splendid one to beholdpszy22 is a splendid one to beholdpszy22 is a splendid one to beholdpszy22 is a splendid one to beholdpszy22 is a splendid one to behold
Default Re: Attaching 2x tippet on a 5x tapered leader.

Just so you know, if at some point you decide you want to start fishing with 5x again, you can rebuild the leader you have on your line.

As Bloomagoo suggested, you may want to terminate the leader portion with a perfection loop. Then you can add your tippet to the loop at the end of the leader. When the tippet gets too short, just remove and replace it with a new length.

You may want to tie the loop at the end of the 2x. You can then tie your tippet directly to the 2x loop, or further step down the leader by adding a length of leader material a size or two up from the tippet to the tippet, then tying that assembly to the 2x loop. (hope I explained that clearly, the only thing complicated may be my explanation)

That's actually how I prefer to fish all my leaders/tippets. Terminating the leader with a loop makes it almost as easy to change its configuration as tying on a new fly.

have fun,
__________________


Tenkara Fly Fishing

Tenkara Fly Fishing Forum

Tenkara Fly Fishing Blog

"People tend to get the politicians and the fishing tackle they deserve" - John Gierach, Fishing Bamboo

Last edited by pszy22; 09-17-2013 at 09:09 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old 09-17-2013, 07:28 AM
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 27
ibcrewin is on a distinguished road
Default Re: Attaching 2x tippet on a 5x tapered leader.

Thanks all for your help and sharing your knowledge. You guys confirmed what I suspected.

Good luck to you all!
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Irideus Fly Fishing Line leader tippet holder Shooting head Leader Wallet Case Ebay USA Lines 0 11-05-2012 04:10 AM
Irideus Fly Fishing Line leader tippet holder Shooting head Leader Wallet Case Ebay USA Lines 0 08-22-2012 10:40 AM
Gladding KnotLess 3X Tapered Leader Fly Fishing Line Tippet, 7.5', 6 lb Test Ebay USA Lines 0 05-20-2012 10:51 PM
Tapered leader or Tippet material bigdon90 General Discussion 6 04-19-2011 12:29 AM
Tippet vs. Tapered Leader wolfcry General Discussion 5 03-14-2008 05:23 PM













All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:26 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
2005-2014 The North American Fly Fishing Forum. All rights reserved.