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Using a nail knot to attach the leader butt to the end of the fly line.

Table 15.2 Tippet Ratings

Tippet Size

Diameter (Inches) Pound Test (Approximate)

Fly Size

0X

.011

12

46

1X

.010

10

48

2X

.009

8

410

3X

.008

6

612

4X

.007

5

614

5X

.006

4

1420

6X

.005

2

1826

7X

.004

1.5

2028

8X

.003

.75

2028

As the X-number indicating the tippet size increases, the diameter and the pound test decreases. Also note that the drop in pound test is more marked in the higher X-numbers.

Generally, the smaller the fly you use, the smaller tippet size you need, as the table shows. Going back to the previous example of that crystal-clear trout stream: I was using

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