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hi tide 01-18-2013 11:17 PM

Tippet knots
I have been asking this question alot, what knot do you like use to tie your tippet to your leader?
I make my own tapered leaders out of rio alloy hard saltwater tippet. I go 30, 25, 20 tied with blood knots then 18.5 seaguar Gmax tippet, I tie the tippet on with a Albright or a the orvis tippet knot.

lightline 01-19-2013 06:42 AM

Re: Tippet knots
Blood knots all the way for me, whether 6x or 50 lb bite.

Flyfisher for men 01-19-2013 09:41 AM

Re: Tippet knots
Double surgeon's knot.

hi tide 01-19-2013 10:13 AM

Re: Tippet knots
Surgeons knots don't work to good with fluorocarbon.

cletus 01-19-2013 10:18 AM

Re: Tippet knots
Interesting, I use the surgeon's knot all the time (fluoro to fluoro, and fluoro to mono) and have never had a problem

mcnerney 01-19-2013 10:44 AM

Re: Tippet knots
I have the same view as Cletus, the only knot I use is the triple Surgeons knot to tie the tippet to the leader, and virtually all the time I'm using fluoro tippet, mostly 3x-5x and have very good results. About the only time I have a failure is when I'm snagged up on something submerged and have to reef it free, but for fish it works great. I don't tie my leaders, if I was tying blood knots all the way down the leader, I would think I would get pretty fast at it so maybe I would change my mind and also use a blood knot on the tippet connection.

planettrout 01-19-2013 11:06 AM

Re: Tippet knots
About 20 + years ago I decided to simplify my knot thingee and switched to a Uni Knot (Duncan Loop) for ALL my leader connections. I now use these between my leader and tippet and no longer burn through leaders when I must add new tippet:

Back in Summer 2010, Dave Whitlock made the argument for using this " one knot", in an article he wrote for Flyfishing & Tying has worked for me - for a very long time...

PT/TB ;)

turbineblade 01-19-2013 12:37 PM

Re: Tippet knots
Triple surgeons for me tippet >> leader knot. Unless I'm using heavy mono like 20 pound or more. Then I use the double surgeons.

Simple, easy to tie, strong, quick. I've tried the uni, blood, etc. and nearly always go back to surgeons due to ease.

hi tide 01-19-2013 01:04 PM

Re: Tippet knots
I really like this knot easy to tie. Similar to the surgeons knot.

jeepster II 01-19-2013 01:23 PM

Re: Tippet knots
I use a triple surgeons knot and cheap fc to build my leaders. I never pull hard, instead push the knot into position with your fingers to eliminate friction heat and then tighten hard. Test hard and trim tags. I treat an fc knot the same at the hook, with loving care, lol. I like to spit on them too but usually my fingers are wet enough.

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