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tippet material

Went Steelhead fishing today. I lost 4 because my tippet broke. I was using 3x and 4x tippet. I was thinking about florocarbon tippet material. Any thoughts or stay with regular tippet material.
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-28-2014, 09:43 PM
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Re: tippet material

What brand where you using?

I use nothing but Maxima for steelhead. I generally use 6lb but if the water is low and clear I'll drop down to 5lb.
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Re: tippet material

I always use fluorocarbon tippett in 3x to 6x depending on water clarity and flow. But regular tippett is certainly strong enough unless it has deteriorated. You may be applying too much pressure on the line especially when they jump. You want to maintain a tight line without "horsing in" the fish.

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Re: tippet material

Why pay the big bucks for floro tippet ??
I use Seaguar Invis-x 100% floro line.
4,6,8 lb test depending on the conditions.
It's only $15 for 300 yds.

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Re: tippet material

I've had good luck with Orvis Super Strong.

As already mentioned, tippet can deteriorate, especially if exposed to the sun, or if left in a hot car in the summer. When it deteriorates, its breaking strength goes WAY down.

In my experience you get far less fish breaking off with 3x than 4x tippet. Use the heavier material when possible.
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Re: tippet material

Glad you ran into some, I got skunked on the smaller mile creeks but didn't make it out to elk or anything on the west side.

As for tippet, 3x is what I use usually and haven't had many break offs.
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Re: tippet material

Thanks for the input guys. My tippet is a couple of years old, so I'll go from there. Quite a few steelhead in Elk, the creek has some flow to it and clear. Tried egg pattern & no luck. Flies that look like Emarald Shiner worked, & olive wolly bugger. Caught one on a Black Stone Fly.
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Re: tippet material

You have received lots of good advice lots so far. I'll add one more thing and that is to check your knots. Make sure they are well lubricated before you cinch them down and give them a quick strength check before you start fishing. If your tippet wasn't breaking at the connection point, you can disregard what I wrote.
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Re: tippet material

I do the same as tree tipper. Big 200+yd spools of flourocarbon line. Use to use 25yd spools of tippet but at 16.00 per 25yds it was expensive, especially changing it as often as I do. Lol.

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Re: tippet material

I use Seaguar Grand Max Flouro in 3x and 4x in Erie and New York. I've caught everything, Steel, browns, and 25 lbs king salmon without any issues. It is some strong stuff!
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