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Old 03-18-2018, 08:21 AM   #1
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Tippet rings?

Anyone try them and love em or hate them? Reading about them-extends leader life and and offers easier dropper set up, but perhaps impacts the cast, spooks the fish, one more tiny item to loose, and can get caught on rocks.
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Old 03-18-2018, 09:23 AM   #2
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Anyone try them and love em or hate them? Reading about them-extends leader life and and offers easier dropper set up, but perhaps impacts the cast, spooks the fish, one more tiny item to loose, and can get caught on rocks.
Some people swear by tippet rings and I don't think they spook fish at all.

Too fiddly for me. I don't find tying on a new section with a triple surgeons knot to be an issue. I build my own leaders, fuss with the taper for various situations and thus may be an outlier.
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Old 03-21-2018, 02:59 PM   #3
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I agree with VT. The only thing they save is the length of leader you are tying your tippet to. Can't speak for others, but if I've changed my tippet enough times that the section above it is getting too short, I just tie on a new leader. I also find that I often lose tiny things like those rings.
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Old 03-21-2018, 08:43 PM   #4
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Like VT, I just add tippet material when it gets too short and try to build it midstream via a double surgeon knot. Gotta try a triple surgeons this year. Wetting the lines before drawing the knot tight is a must.
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Old 03-23-2018, 10:11 AM   #5
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WB, I've always found a double surgeon's knot to be adequate. Must be VT needs the triple to handle those heavy hitters he catches.
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Old 03-23-2018, 02:55 PM   #6
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EC,

You're right there.
He does land a lot of big 'uns!!

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Old 04-15-2018, 03:36 PM   #8
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Ill take the other side. I tie all my own leaders (and flies for that matter). I started tying an appropriate sized ring on the end of my leaders several years ago. I fish on average about 100 days each year. I find that they dramatically improve the longevity of my leaders, and its easier to change tippet during the day (which means Im more apt to change it when needed, rather than let it go).

I also do a lot of streamer fishing, and love the little swivels. Keeps my tangles to a minimum.

I have found nothing bad about them. I don't notice any difference in my cast or drift (I've even had a handful of trout "hit" the ring!). When my leader is blown beyond repair, I cut off the ring and use it again.
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