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Old 01-27-2009, 11:28 PM
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In the park, I generally take my 6' 2wt with a 5x, 6x, or 7x leader and 6x or 7x tippet. I use my 5wt on a little bit bigger streams (Clinch, Caney). As stated before, you may have a few more technical casts than the next guy and a few more knots, you'll just have to be a little more cautious. Hopefully you will hook into a hog and make that 5-6 count. Good luck!
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Old 01-27-2009, 11:48 PM
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I'm a little surprised at how many people are apparently fishing 6x and 7x tippet consistently. Rarely go under 5x except for dropper flies and then it is sometimes 6x... Tailwaters are a different story but even there I very rarely fish 7x. I might have to do some experiments this summer with various tippet sizes to see if I can come up with some solid numbers on how well each size works...
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Check this page out:
http://www.flyline.com/tips_trivia/myths_legends_lies/

Point number 3 in particular...
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Old 01-28-2009, 07:12 AM
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I agree with Pete and the myth-busting article. I do use 6X occasionally with very small flies and in the Park, with the usual size of fish under 10 inches, 6X is plenty strong. 5X, though, is my standard diameter for dry flies from 18 to 12. Pulling streamers through bigger water calls for 4X. If Big Brother ever outlaws felt-bottom wading boots, I hope 7X and thinner tippet goes along with it.
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Old 01-28-2009, 12:50 PM
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Check this page out:
http://www.flyline.com/tips_trivia/myths_legends_lies/

Point number 3 in particular...

Great link! Thanks for sharing...definitely backs up what I've generally assumed to be true about tippet size...
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I agree, I usually use 5-6X tippet for trout and usually 5. The only time I go to 7X is on tailwaters where I'm fishing 20 and 22 midges. It's not because of fish seeing the line, it's becuse I have trouble getting heaver line through the eyes of those tiny hooks. (and I do hate tiny hooks by the way).

For warmwater, I usually go with 3 or 4X and have even used 10lb mono as a tippet when casting heavier bass bugs.

I never had any scientific data to back up my opinion but I never thouguht fish were too line shy. If it looks like food and the fish is feeding, it's going to eat. The trick is to make it look like food and find the fish that is feeding. That's where my theory usually ends with the harsh reality of fishing vs. catching.



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Old 01-28-2009, 02:07 PM
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I saw a similiar article (like the one that PeteCz referenced) in Field & Stream, it was a photo essay with 10 lessons, check it out:

http://www.fieldandstream.com/photos...trout-research

lesson #4 deals with tippet size

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Old 01-28-2009, 03:19 PM
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Thanks Pete for that link. I found it to be very informative on several issues. I guess I always used 7x tippet because that is what I learned on and I never deviated away from it. I will try the heavier tippet and see if my results change any.
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Old 01-28-2009, 03:34 PM
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I will try the heavier tippet and see if my results change any.
It was probably mentioned in that article, but add a little length to the tippet section to lessen and delay drag.
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I will try and keep that in mind. Also, I am going to try that for bluegill down here when I am doing drifts. I have been going with lighter line but wonder if it is really necessary
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