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Old 02-18-2009, 03:35 PM
 
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Default 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.
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Default 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.
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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
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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)
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Default 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.

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Here is a very handy chart that may help you out.
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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.

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Default Re: lbs. to X conversion

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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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