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    Default Line Question (not Fly line related)

    In looking at threads I always come across references to mono, flouro, etc lines in relation leaders, weed guards, parasol emergers, etc. What is the difference between mono and floro? I was thinking about tying a parasol emerger and it referenced 2x mono. Is that the same as 2x tippet?

    I'm confused.

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    Default Re: Line Question (not Fly line related)

    Quote Originally Posted by whalensdad View Post
    In looking at threads I always come across references to mono, flouro, etc lines in relation leaders, weed guards, parasol emergers, etc. What is the difference between mono and floro? I was thinking about tying a parasol emerger and it referenced 2x mono. Is that the same as 2x tippet?

    I'm confused.
    For the use you want, mono will float better than flouro. Flouro is less visible under water to the fish.
    2x tippet and mono are one and the same. 2X designates the diameter

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    Default Re: Line Question (not Fly line related)

    Jackster nailed it. Mono is buoyancy neutral. If it is attached to something heavy, it'll sink with the thing-- if the thing attached to it floats, so too will the mono.

    Flouro sinks, 'is less visible to the fish' (I've never personally asked a fish, myself-- but this is the general belief.), doesn't have any noticeable stretch, good for many fishing applications, but not all....

    'tippet' is IMHO, just expensive mono. Although tippet material is stronger for a given diameter. ie-- a piece of 4# tippet will be thinner in diameter than a piece of 4# monofilament line.

    When tying a fly, If the recipe calls for mono, I'd think you could substitute for tippet or even flouro. without any adverse effects. Just because flouro sinks, it doesn't mean that it would sink a dry fly.

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    Default Re: Line Question (not Fly line related)

    I may be mistaken, but I believe that fluoro is also said to be more resistant to abrasion than mono?
    - A.J.

    Working out a way to convince my university to allow me to hold my TA office hours on the nearby creek...

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    Thanks for all the great info . You guys always come through! So one more question then. What size mono do you add to the end of a fly line when you want to add a loop (i.e so you can do a loop to loop connection between the leader and the fly line)?

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    Default Re: Line Question (not Fly line related)

    You can tie a perfection loop in the fly line itself in order to create the attachment point, I believe. I know I have in the past when using my dad's fly rod, but I also know this can create problems toward the end of the fight with a big fish :/
    - A.J.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gatortransplant View Post
    You can tie a perfection loop in the fly line itself in order to create the attachment point, I believe. I know I have in the past when using my dad's fly rod, but I also know this can create problems toward the end of the fight with a big fish :/
    The majority tie a 4-6" piece of mono to the fly line with a nail knot and end it with a perfection loop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jackster View Post
    The majority tie a 4-6" piece of mono to the fly line with a nail knot and end it with a perfection loop.
    What weight mono???

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    Default Re: Line Question (not Fly line related)

    Thanks Jackster, I'll be using these tips in a few days as well, as soon as my rod and line show up!
    - A.J.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whalensdad View Post
    What weight mono???
    I use Maxima Chameleon. The 20 lb is .017", the 25 lb is .020" and the 30 lb is .022". It is ideal because of you want to use a stiff mono to get the best energy transfer from fly line to leader.

    I use the .017" for 4wt, the .020 for 5 and 6 wt lines.

    Maxima Tippet Material
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