Pro Tip: How to Change Tippet Sizes on the Water


Written by: Tom Rosenbauer

To be a really effective fly fisherman, you have to be ready and able to make adjustments to your rigging to match the conditions or the kinds of flies you’re using. If you fish with a knotless, tapered leader and want to change tippet size, you don’t need a new leader. Instead, you can simply add tippet material—via a surgeon’s knot or a blood knot—to the leader you’ve got. In the video above, I make my 3X leader a 4X leader, which will allow me to use smaller flies. It’s really quite simple, and it will help you catch more fish over the course of a day.

And remember: use your nippers!

Check out the new section on the Orvis Fly Fishing Learning Center on choosing the right equipment.

5 thoughts on “Pro Tip: How to Change Tippet Sizes on the Water

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  3. MFranFam

    I am a fan of Mr. R., but was disappointed to see him apparently allow his tippit cut-offs to land in the rocks. Fly fisherman are supposed to be of a different standard and should exhibit a concern for the river. Too often we casually discard our unwanted fishing line into the river believing that it can absorb it. And too often I have been proven wrong as I find it wedged between the rocks where it does not add to the health of the environment.

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