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Basic Principal

ring

Allows for faster tippet changes and longer leader life. Tippet rings range in size from 1.5mm in diameter on up. Typically sizes 1.5mm to 3.0 mm are used in most situations.

The use of tippet rings originated in Europe. During a fishing match, competitive anglers valued a fast and easy system to change the size of their tippet. Tippet Rings allow the angler to simply knot the tippet end of their leader to the ring (using their favorite knot).

Unlike a blood knot or a double surgeons' knot, the use of a tippet ring allows the angler to connect a tippet that is significantly different in diameter than the end of the leader. For example, it is difficult to connect a 3X leader to a 7X tippet via a knot, but, with the use of a tippet ring, it is possible. The advantage to the angler is that they can rapidly change tippet diameters without the need to drastically rebuild or restructure their leader.




Using Tippet Rings

Faster tippet change without wasting leader material. A safety pin makes a good carrier for tippet rings.
bead Pinch on your split-shot above the tippet ring so that it will not slide down to your fly.
dropperTo create a dropper, extend a short section of tippet material off of the ring and connect a fly to it. A split-shot sinker can also be added in the same way.
indicatorTo create a dropper, extend a short section of tippet material off of the ring and connect a fly to it. A split-shot sinker can also be added in the same way.
Nine to twelve ft. leaders that taper down finer than 5X usually have long tippet sections. Knowing this, it is a good idea to cut back the leader 18 to 24 inches before adding the tippet ring and new tippet section.

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