Tippet vs. Leader. What's the difference?
Hello all. First time here, first post also. I have a nice cheap pole from Wally World. I've fished about 3 times so far and enjoy it. I have yet to catch anything. I'm putting new line on my pole and don't know what I need. I'm pretty sure, not positive, that my current pole (came pre strung) only has tippet. There is only one clear line, very thin, from the fly line to the fly. However, I've been reading and see there most pictures and knot guides show a fly line, leader, and tippet. I take it tippet and leader are different things since you can buy both at Wal Mart. Can some one explain the difference please? From what I have gathered, the leader ties to the fly line and the tippet ties to the leader. When you have clipped enough tippet away, you cut it off the leader and put more on. How long should my leader be and how long should my tippet be? I just bought that Scientific Angles L2L system with the plastic fly line to leader connector. My confusion is that I think that the fly gets tied on to the end of the leader which is tapered and like 9 feet long. I though that when it gets short from changing flies, you toss it and put on new leader. I don't see the purpose of tippet or its function. If I use leader and tippet, I'd have a very long section of clear line, 9 ft of leader, and some unknown length of tippet. I have no idea on how long the tippet should be or if I need it. Thanks for your help.