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1. THE RULE OF 11
• TO DETERMINE THE diameter OF THE THE LEADER; USE .011 = 0X
• IF THE LEADER IS A .007, DEDUCT THE 7 FROM 11 AND YOU HAVE THE 4x
• leader Rule of 11: .011-.007= 4x .011-.005= 6x etc.
2. THE RULE OF 9
• TO DETERMINE THE POUND BREAKING STRENGTH OF A 5X TIPPET; DEDUCT THE X FROM 9.
• ie. 9-5x= 4 pound test
• 9-1x= 8 pound test
• 9-6x= 3 pound test
3. THE RULE OF 4
• (DIVIDE THE SIZE OF THE HOOK BY 4 TO DETERMINE THE SIZE TIPPET TO USE, ie. WHAT 'X' TO USE)
• If you have a fly that resists the wind you may want to use a heavier tippet.
• YOU WANT TO MATCH THE LEADER TO THE FLY SO YOU CAN GET A SMOOTH TURN OVER OF THE LINE. IF YOU HAVE TOO LIGHT A TIPPET IT WILL NOT SEND THE LOOP DOWN THE LINE TO THE FLY AND THE LOOP WILL COLLAPSE. SO IF YOU HAVE A SIZE 12 FLY USE AT LEAST A SIZE 3X TIPPET TO MAKE A SMOOTH TRANSITION.
• RULE OF 4
• SIZE 18 FLY---SIZE 4X OR 5X TIPPET
• SIZE 12 FLY--3X TIPPET
• SIZE 8 FLY- SIZE 2X TIPPET
• SIZE 6 FLY- 1x or 2X YOU GET THE IDEA.
• REMEMBER TO USE A KNOT WITH MORE TURNS IN IT IF YOU USE fluorocarbon LINE. IF YOU ARE IN DARK OR FAST WATER YOU CAN USE A HEAVIER TIPPET THAN SLOW OR CLEAR WATER.
4. THERE IS A 'EASY' FORMULA FOR LEADERS WHICH IS
'60-20-20' AND THAT IS TO SAY USE 60% AS THE BUTT SECTION, 20% AS THE TAPER, AND 20% AS THE TIPPET.
 Author: Anonymous ID: 10618 Card Set: Leader and tippet rules Updated: 2010-03-15 18:15:16 Tags: casting Folders: Description: rules regarding leader and tippet for FFF testing Show Answers: