Tippet Tenders

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by freestoneangler, Jul 25, 2014.

  1. freestoneangler

    freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

    Just returned from MT and doing a little guide duty with my brother and great nephew. Loose elastics that allow lines to hang all over the place is annoying. I'm looking at buying either the "Shark-tooth" or these to replace the tippet tenders that come with RIO spools. Anyone use these or have other suggestions? Thanks
    tippet spool tender.jpg
     
  2. I have some of the shark-tooth ones and like them.
     
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  3. Ben Swaner

    Ben Swaner Active Member

    Save a few bucks and make your own...
     
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  4. Tim Cottage

    Tim Cottage Formerly tbc1415

    Buy Orvis tippet spools. They have an effective tippet tender.

    TC
     
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  5. Small bungee and two beer caps with holes punched through and a clasp or stop like the ones on most jackets draw strings.
     
  6. Ben Swaner

    Ben Swaner Active Member

    Go to Walmart and pick up some Elastic band, beads, shrink wrap, and super glue. Should be able to whip out more than you will ever need in an evening.
     
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  7. freestoneangler

    freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

    In looking at the construction of those in the photo, I thought about DIY, but wondered if I would just spend all the savings on the learning curve. Anyone know if the shark-tooth cutter (plastic piece w/razor) are sold separately... if I go the DIY, might as well go all out.

    Ben -- I just searched YouTube for a DIY video on how to make these... nothing found... you could be first (hint, hint) :).
     
  8. Jim Ficklin

    Jim Ficklin Genuine Montana Fossil

    The wide rubber bands off bundles of asparagus work for me. I have my former bride, my daughter, and the neighbors save them for me.
     
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  9. Yard Sale

    Yard Sale Active Member

    Hair bands. Make sure thye don't have the metal on them though...

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  10. bennysbuddy

    bennysbuddy the sultan of swing

    No wonder the economy is in a down turn, people have quit foolishly spending money on flyfishing gizmos.
     
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  11. GAT

    GAT Active Member

    I'm not that obsessed with my tippet material. The spools all goes in a vest pocket and if some of them unravels, so be it. Whatever unravels is picked first for use. This is a warning to the other tippet so they make an effort to hide out on their spools.

    The intimidation tender system...:)
     
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  12. Bruce Baker

    Bruce Baker Active Member

    I have some of the ones you showed in your post. I like them and I even use some on my larger monofilament spools.

    I know in one of the fishing forums someone described how they made their own tippet tenders. If I can find that information, I will let you know.
     
  13. Olive bugger

    Olive bugger Active Member



    You Brute!
     
  14. Kaiserman

    Kaiserman content

    Ponytail elastic bands. 10 for $1 at just about any store - get the wider ones, and it will cover the whole spool.
     
  15. Old Man

    Old Man Just an Old Man

    I like the tippet spools from Sci Ang. They have that little tab on the back to stick your leader in and then cut it off. No tangled mess and no need for a rubber band around the spool. Plus the tippet spools all click together.
     
  16. Ben Swaner

    Ben Swaner Active Member

  17. freestoneangler

    freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

    Very cool, thanks Ben!
     
  18. Jim Ficklin

    Jim Ficklin Genuine Montana Fossil

    I like that (and it gives me another project!). Thanks for posting the link.
     
  19. Ben Swaner

    Ben Swaner Active Member

    An even better video tutorial of tippet tenders.

     
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  20. freestoneangler

    freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

    That's great Ben. Thanks!