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: Tippet Material

10-01-2002, 12:32 PM
I'm seeking information regarding abrasion resistance, suppleness, breaking strength, knot strength, turnover capability, and elasticity differences between fluorocarbon, polyvinyl fluoride, and monofilament leader/tippet materials.

Can these materials be used interchangeably with each other?

What is polyvinyl fluoride?

What are the advantages/disadvantages of braided leaders?

10-01-2002, 01:13 PM
Don;t know what polyvinyl fluoride is (a denture adhesive;) ?) but as far as mono & fluoro go... the party line is that tying the two disimlar products together can result in knot failure.

That being said, I find that if I use mono for my butt section (purely a budget decision) and fluoro for the tippet, I use an albright and have never had a problem.

Good luck.


John Desjardins
10-01-2002, 02:00 PM
Braided leaders are like any piece of fly fishing equipment in that they have some plusses and some minuses. As plus they can give a long life. What I don't like about them is that they tend to spray water droplets while casting and they are expensive.

10-01-2002, 06:00 PM
Jeff Roop is right. Don't mix and match dissimilar materials or manufacturers when bukilding a leader. One approach I use that has a couple of advanatages is to use a non-slip mono loop at the end of my transition on long leaders or the butt section on sink tip lines. Then, tie a similar loop in the tippet section. This allows the use of different materials, e.g. fluoro or manufacturers. It also allows you to makeup tippet sections in advance for replacement when they become too short. Ever try to connect a new tippet in a blitz?


10-01-2002, 06:50 PM
I mix and match all the time, and rarely suffer any ill consequences. Test your knots and see for yourself. I usually tippet out with flourocarbon(I like Orvis, Rio and Seaguar).