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Nooksack Mac 05-08-2005 05:06 PM

Flurocarbon tippet for dry flies?
I've been using premium flurocarbon for sunken-tip steelhead fishing for several years, and I'm quite satisfied with it. But I've no experience with its use in smaller sizes for trout. Question: when used as tippet in the smaller sizes used for trout dry flies, say 4X and smaller, does its greater density interfere with the fly's ability to remain floating, or is it too small to matter?

BigDave 05-09-2005 08:47 AM

I find that it sinks the fly. It is also more rigid than mono so you can't get those nice s-curves in your tippet that prevent drag.

I've used it on larger dries and terrestrials no problem tho....


Bob Pauli 05-10-2005 12:28 AM

7x fluorocarbon sinks the size 16 - 22 dry flies I often use.

8xmidge 05-10-2005 09:26 AM

I agree....I like to fish smaller dries and have better luck with regular mono keeping them afloat. Also your expensive fluoro for underneath!

pescaphile 05-10-2005 12:22 PM

I tried using a fluorocarbon leader to fish dries for steelhead once. Big mistake! It woud cause even a riffle-hitched waller waker or bomber to go subsurface!

Works great for a dropper nymph for trout though.

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