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Old 09-07-2010, 09:17 AM
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I hate 6X tippet. It’s difficult to see, a pain in the ass to tie, and impossible not to wind-knot within the first half-dozen false casts.

7X? Forget about it. Spider-webbery.

8X tippet cannot be seen with the naked eye. One should take extreme care when purchasing 8X so as not to buy an empty spool by mistake.

9X is only one molecule wide and is often used by sci-fi villains as a weapon to cut through everything – wood, steel, human flesh.

10X, I believe, is the basis for the particle physics string theory, hypothesizing the sub-atomic base material for all matter, space, and time.

Einstein loved light tackle.

So I think I’ll give up on the skinny stuff. Any trout wary enough to spook at material more substantial than 6X is too smart for me. Besides, fish unable to break tippet that wimpy are simply not worth catching.

Well, I don’t actually believe these things - except for maybe the "too smart" stuff - but the little bass-fishin’, bi-focaled devil that sits on my left shoulder keeps whispering such notions into my ear. "Lets go throw bug bugs at big fish", he implores, and suggests that any material not measured in pound test alone belongs in a sewing basket, not a fly box.

As counterpoint, the Waldenesque, native brookie loving, dry fly angel that sits on my right shoulder sings sweet songs of the inherent beauty of the tiny colorful creatures of the woodland streams and the dainty, ethereal wisps that it takes to engage them. It suggests that the devil on my left is a cretin and that I should embrace my delicate side by throwing #24 pieces of fluff on silky material to fish that the devil would consider too small for decent bait.

They both have a valid point. They are also, each of them, full of ****. So I do both.

Either way, I hate 6X tippet.


For any non-fishing persons reading this post, tippet is the final piece of fishing line to which the fly is tied. As you might infer from above, it is the finest of material and gets smaller as it’s rating gets bigger – just another absurdity in the arcane numerology that weaves its way throughout fly fishing. Someone should write a post.

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Old 09-07-2010, 09:20 AM
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Agreed, 6x is a pain, smaller is just silly.

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It's no wonder I'm fishing streamers most of the time now. I agree that 7X and beyond is silly.
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I could easily blame this for my sudden interest in steelhead and salmon flies. Seems like every few years the smallest tippet I can comfortably work with gets one size larger.
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Fishing in Oklahoma 6x is usually the smallest I use. Fishing the Elk In West Virginia, at times 8x is necessary. My last trip there we were using a size 32 spinner with 8x tippet at dusk.
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My last trip there we were using a size 32 spinner with 8x tippet at dusk.
I would still be there trying to get the first one tied on!
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Great for tiny flies and tiny tippets.
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I'm usually ok with 6x, but I don't even try 7x or anything smaller. I learned that lesson fishing on the San Juan with a guide. Those size 26 flies are just too small to tie a tippet to with my failing eye sight. I've just resigned myself to using a guide when I want to fish the San Juan, it really helps with the sanity!

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I'm usually ok with 6x, but I don't even try 7x or anything smaller. I learned that lesson fishing on the San Juan with a guide. Those size 26 flies are just too small to tie a tippet to with my failing eye sight. I've just resigned myself to using a guide when I want to fish the San Juan, it really helps with the sanity!Larry
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Those C&F threaders work pretty well, even on those tiny San Juan flies. I haven't found that the magnetic threader, great as they are on larger flies, work well on those pesky mid-20-sized tailwater flies.
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If 7x is too small for all of you smart guys, why was I using it to tie #20 zebra midge droppers on my san juan worms all sunday at lee's ferry?
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