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Old 10-23-2013, 10:11 PM
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I've been having trouble with my tippet getting horrible twists as if it had been given about 1000 turns. It can be pulled out easily but will wind back up after several casts. If I get a tangle at one of these twists it means starting over. I'm using RIO Powerflex and it only happens in the 5 and 6x. Is it quality of tippet, something about the cast or just the nature of small tippet? Thanks.
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Old 10-23-2013, 10:56 PM
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It is because you're likely casting flies that are too big for the tippet. Of the tippet doesn't have enough strength to prevent the fly from twisting then the tippet loses. Example... a size 12 stimulator with all of the resistence will twist up any tippet less then 3 or 4x. Same goes for any wind resistent fly like Catskill dries or a poorly tied fly with uneven wings that spin mid cast.
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Old 10-24-2013, 09:54 AM
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http://www.orvis.com/intro.aspx?dir_id=758&subject=2202

The link from Orvis will get you started but, as TGIF indicated, big, heavy, or wind resistant flies will require a heavier tippet.
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Old 10-24-2013, 10:58 AM
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I notice some fly patterns have a tendency to twist up your tippet no matter what the size. Also some streamers will twist under water when stripping them. Just an added observation.
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Old 10-24-2013, 04:06 PM
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The same thing has happened to me in the past, especially with bead headed woolly buggers. Thank you for bringing this up. Another great piece of help from this forum! I appreciate it!
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Old 10-24-2013, 04:25 PM
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This happened to me the few times I tried trolling streamers. May have been a problem with the tie, in addition to my tippet being too light.
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Old 10-25-2013, 03:32 PM
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This happened to me the few times I tried trolling streamers. May have been a problem with the tie, in addition to my tippet being too light.
When I'm trolling streamers I use always use a swivel.
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Old 10-25-2013, 03:57 PM
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When I'm trolling streamers I use always use a swivel.
Wow--thanks! Can't believe that never occurred to me.
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If I am fishing regular dries on 5x Orvis SS and then switch to a big spinner, a Fanwing, or a Spider, I change to a 3x Maxima (very stiff mono) tippet. Otherwise, the tippet is a mess in just a few casts.
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Old 11-08-2013, 06:42 AM
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I have some of my best success with 6X and a big Hornberg, I just pick the fly out of the water and let it unwind after each cast. Kind of a pain but it works and it keeps me more selective with my casts.
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