Post by Texastroutfisher on Jan 9, 2019 13:59:35 GMT -6
When using tippet rings, namely the RIO brand, do y'all go with the trout ( small ring ) or the steel head ( large ring )? I'm thinking about trying some out this year and am curious if going with the larger size will affect my fishing on the LMFR??? I have tried the small rings before and have had a difficult time with them due to their size. thanks everyone....
I usually use the Rio Trout size (2 mm) but I have a pack of Steelhead size (3 mm) as well. I prefer the smaller ones. I’ve also come across a pack made by Hends that are 2.5 mm but are a darker/duller color so I may eventually switch over to those.
I read an article a while back that described a method for tying on tippet rings that really works well for me. Most tippet rings come on a snap clip of some sort so what I do is isolate the tippet ring closest to the clasp opening by holding the clip horizontal with the rings on the top side of the clip and then pushing all the rings over to the side with a fingernail so they fall to the bottom of the clip, except for the very last one. Then I insert my leader through that isolated tippet ring and tie it on BEFORE removing it from the clip. When the knot is tied I carefully open the clip, remove the tippet ring by holding onto the leader, and quickly close the clip so I don’t lose any of the other rings. At that point the tippet ring is easy to hold by the leader tied onto it so inserting and tying on the tippet is a breeze. Even if you have fat fingers like me, dropping it won’t send it to the bottom of the river or into the grass on the bank because it’s already on the end of your leader. Take that one step further and put the whole snap clip on a retractor and you prevent a big loss from dropping the whole clip in the water!
I also use part of that procedure if I need to rebuild my connections on both sides of the tippet ring, perhaps due to a knot or kink that has formed just above the ring. I just leave a 5 or 6 inch stub of either leader or tippet tied onto it and then clip it off after the leader is tied back onto it. It’s so much easier to handle a tippet ring when a piece of line is still attached to it.
Last Edit: Jan 10, 2019 5:27:27 GMT -6 by darrelln09