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fishosopher 02-18-2009 02:35 PM

lbs. to X conversion
 
I've always used X-size for tippets. Now that I'm becoming more interested is bass and other fish, I find that y'all use pounds, which of course we all did for bait and spin casting. Does anyone have a conversion chart:

6X............... lbs.
5X............... lbs.

Also, does flourocarbon affect the conversion?

Thanks.

eaglesfn68 02-18-2009 02:46 PM

Re: lbs. to X conversion
 
yes flurocarbon does effect the conversion.


the easiest way to find out is to take some mono spin casting line and look at the diameter and poundage. compare that to the diameter of your tippet.

the only one i know is that a 3x tippet is about 4 lb.

Rip Tide 02-18-2009 03:01 PM

Re: lbs. to X conversion
 
They're all different
Pricey-er tippet material is generally higher pound test than cheaper stuff
This is one of the 'small stuff' kinda things that there's no need to sweat

BigCliff 02-18-2009 03:05 PM

Re: lbs. to X conversion
 
3x should be more like 8-10lb.

Easiest way to remember is that 5x is generally 5lb, and it goes from there.

_x refers to diameter, not strength. Fluorocarbon will generally be stronger for the same "_x". But there's not going to be a universal chart, because breaking strength will vary from one mfg to the next. (Then there's the fact that 8lb spinning line will actually be closer to 11lb break strength, but that's a whole diff't ballgame)

Frank Whiton 02-18-2009 03:43 PM

Re: lbs. to X conversion
 
Hi Alligator,

This chart will give you an idea of what mono is rated at. The problem is each manufacture may have a little different formula. The best way is to read the information on the package. Most companies list the X rating, the weight and the diameter.

This chart is from this FAQ post. The post also gives a suggested way to determine what size tippet to use for different sizes of flies.

Frank


Here is a very handy chart that may help you out.
http://www.flyaddict.com/images/faqs...ysizechart.gif

peregrines 02-19-2009 08:28 AM

Re: lbs. to X conversion
 
As everyone has already said it varies a lot by different brands, but for a general ballpark for 0X-8X I just use 9 - X size = approx lb test.

Mark

saltflytyer 02-19-2009 01:00 PM

Re: lbs. to X conversion
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Alligator (Post 49908)
I've always used X-size for tippets. Now that I'm becoming more interested is bass and other fish, I find that y'all use pounds, which of course we all did for bait and spin casting. Does anyone have a conversion chart:

6X............... lbs.
5X............... lbs.

Also, does flourocarbon affect the conversion?

Thanks.

There is no conversion char. Do it by the size of the hook. Divide the hook size by 3, for instance size 12 fly = 4x tippet. I have some 5x tippet that is 4 pounds, 5 pounds, AND EVEN 10 pounds!!!! (rio extreme)


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