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ALL ABOUT EURO-NYMPHING TIPPET–My Winter Set-up

If you’re new to ESN (European Style Nymphing) fly fishing you probably have lots of questions regarding tippet line. There’s very little information out there because tippet setup is specific to types of water, fish, conditions, etc. Here’s how I rig my tippet and why. First the basics. Tippet is the thin clear portion of the leader that attaches the fly. It’s thin to cut through the current and minimize drag, and clear to not spook the fish.  In Euro-nymphing tippet takes much more abuse because it makes frequent contact with rocks and gravel down at the bottom, so fluorocarbon is used because it is more abrasion resistant than nylon. And because fluorocarbon it tougher I can use thinner tippet than Nylon. Tippet size and length depends on water conditions like depth, speed, and clarity. The size of fish and flies used can also help determine the best tippet size. My tippet is longer than the depth of water I am fishing—usually about 1.5 times the depth. And it’s normal to have tippe

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