Tippet Rings...

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  1. Old Man

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    I use a leader straightener. It help get the coil memory out of store bought tapered leaders. But I'm not a gadget buyer. I don't need all that extra junk to carry around. Wait, I don't use a vest either. I just sit in my truck and tie up, step out and catch fish. I don't have to walk any farther that a few steps to fish.
     
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    Hmm, I am thinking that those who feel a tippet ring is a weight might not have actually seen on in person. They sit on top of the water like a water strider, in my experience, and weigh no more than a few inches of leader. Is a leader a weight? How about a fly hook? Tippet rings probably weigh less than the metal that makes up the eye of a #12 hook.

    As for tying, well, you still need to tie a leader onto the tippet ring, so it still requires that the tippet be tied onto the leader, just usually with a clinch not instead of a blood knot or surgeon's knot.
     
  3. Chucker

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    If you want to fish a second fly on a dropper, using a ring can give you a stronger connection than any other kind of knot. They are also useful for joining different materials, like braided line to monofilament. Not something I use every day though.
     
  4. GAT

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    Hmmmmm...... I'm not so sure those are allowed in flyfishing only fisheries in Oregon. The regs indicate that you can't attach weight to any part of the line. So you obviously can't attach split shot to leader when fishing flyfishing only waters. The rings, because they are metal, may fall in the category of "adding weight to the line".

    I think I'd avoid using the suckers if you're in Oregon and fishing The Metolius.

    Tying fishing knots is second nature to me (at least for now) so I'll stick with what I'm doing now.

    However, at one time we did use little snap hooks for attaching secondary steelhead patterns to the leader because we could change the second pattern much more quickly than tying a knot.

    I think I still have some of those things somewhere but I'm not so sure anyone sells them these days.
     
  5. Old Man

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    [quote="GAT, post: 879762, member: 23646"

    However, at one time we did use little snap hooks for attaching secondary steelhead patterns to the leader because we could change the second pattern much more quickly than tying a knot.

    I think I still have some of those things somewhere but I'm not so sure anyone sells them these days.[/quote]

    You can find those snap hooks at the big box stores. But you have to hunt for them. I never used them but I bought some once. Have no Idea where they ended up.
     
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    I wear bi-focals and should probably wear something like - quad-focals...I cannot see to tie on trout flies unless I wear some kind of magnifier which I always seem to misplace or flat out just leave at home in my "other" bag. Dealing with this kind of constant handicap has trained me to pretty much tie knots by feel. Which of course brings back fond memories of night fishing, beer drinking, and canoe rolling...which of course somewhat ties in to the pissing in the lake thread...:)
     
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    Sounds like you need a young personal fishing assistant !!!!
     
  8. dryflylarry

    dryflylarry "Chasing Riseforms"

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    Well heck. The dang things FLOAT if you watched the video. So how can you consider them weight or equivalent to a split shot… those suckers are tiny!
     
  9. Stewart

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    When I bought my one and only furled leader, I chose the looped end for tippet attachment. I'm comfortable with loops so it made sense when I bought it.

    In actual use, the loop usually had several twists in it which, combined with old eyes, made it difficult to attach the loops. If I get another furled leader, it will have a tippet ring.
     
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    My brother has recently taken up fly fishing and unfortunately for both of us, I am his mentor. For some reason he has a difficult time tying tippet to leader. I mentioned using furled leaders as I had tried them once - I didn't like the teeny tiny loop at the end. I told him he could have them if I could find them. After reading about the tippet rings, I told him about those. I told him I had found the furled leaders, but he said he had went to the local fly shop and bought a furled leader with a tippet ring attached. I'm curious to see how this works out for him.
     
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    Guys who do a lot of nymphing and I don't, often attach tungsten putty, split shot, and other materials to their leaders to get down in the water column. We all know that, so carrying some of the conversations a bit further, those who do would then be violationg the fly fishing only regulations. Further, one of the newest "gadgets" for spey fishermen is a swivel attached between two pre-made loops and designed to keep the line from twisting. I suppose they also would be a violation.:rolleyes:
     
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    While I agree knots work for a leader to tippet transition, there is one application where a tippet ring really sings.

    If one fishes poly leaders on their two handed scandi rigs, you'll end up chewing through the uncoated end of your poly leaders if you change out your tippet very often. The tippet ring gives you a solid end to the poly leadesr so you can change out your tippet as needed without replacing the poly leaders.
     
  13. Krusty

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    I really like the concept...it seems I always run out of tippet about the time the fish really start biting, my hands are cold, and it's the last thing I want to be dicking around with at the moment. Anything that preserves leader would be excellent because the leader to line attachment Is one thing I prepare carefully at home...with a perfect nail knot and a nice smooth coating of pliobond.
    I hate attaching leaders to welded line loops (the first thing I do with a new line is cut the f@€#%ing loop off)....in the middle of an elegant system you've got this sloppy contraption that looks like it would better serve tying a boat to a dock. A tippet ring could help me preserve the sanctity of a beautifully prepared nail knot...one that turns that leader over like it's natural continuation of the flyline. I'm gonna get me some rings.
     
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    Krusty Krusty Old Effer

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    Jeez, Old Man, a 'leader straightener'...you're a gadget junky in denial...surely ya got gnarly ol fingers like mine that work perfectly well takin the curl outta leaders?
     
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    Geez....I thought this thread was going to be about piercings and how to put a ring on your privates!!
     
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    Krusty Krusty Old Effer

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    I bet Old Man takes a very dim view of such things!
     
  17. David Loy

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    I can't imagine getting ticketed for using one of these, and believe it would be thrown out of court when you float one in a glass of water. Wildlife officers have to know that. I don't use them but have, and may again sometime. Tiny tiny tiny...
     
  18. Old Man

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    If you want to pierce your body, well go on ahead. I could care less. I'm just not into Tattoo's and earrings. You can do it, but I won't.
     
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    Krusty Krusty Old Effer

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    I'm sure that Montana's body modification practitioners are now breathing a sincere sigh of relief.
     
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    Only resurrecting this old thread because I did acquire some tippet rings..and love them. Changing tippets in any kind of conditions is as fast and easy as changing flies....and you don't continuously use up the butt of your tapered leader.

    I got some that were already threaded onto a swivel, and others loose in little zip lock bags....which I threaded onto swivels. Believe me, you need these things on a safety pin or swivel (that leaves enough space in the ring lumen) so you can thread the butt of the leader and knot it down on the ring.

    I think it would be pretty hard for an enforcement officer to construe one of these things as a 'weight'. Hell, they won't even sink a dryfly.

    I probably now have a lifetime supply of tippet rings (that's mostly due to the fact that I'm an old fart not that far from taking a long dirt nap).
     
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