RE:Trout Fever & Tippet Trouble
you mentioned 12' 7X tippet. Seven X is awfully thin line. Could it be that it was old tippet? could it be that the royal wulff was a bit too big to be tied onto 7X? could it be that you were a bit heavy handed?
Personally I use 7X when I'm fishing stuff smaller than #20, and I make sure the tippet is long (i.e. at least 3 feet) so that there will be some stretch in it before it breaks. A barrel knot, or even a double surgeon knot will work fine on tippets. If the knot doesn't close well in one tightening move, cut off and start again. That's all I can think of right now. Lucky dog... at least you went fishing <g>