# How do you choose a tippet leader size?

## How do you choose a tippet leader size?

In general, leader butt diameter should be approximately two thirdsthe diameter of the tip of the fly line. For normal trout fishing, leader butts should be . 019-. 023”.

## What line do you use for a tippet?

In general, you can use the rule of 3 when deciding what size tippet to use with your fly. If you’re fishing a size 12 fly, divide by 3 and use 4X tippet. If you’re fishing a size 20 fly, divide by 3 and use 6X or even 7X tippet.

**What size tippet should I use for trout?**

Fly Fishing Leader and Tippet – The ‘X’ System

Tippet Size | Tippet Diameter | Fish Size |
---|---|---|

5X | .006″ | Trout & Panfish |

6X | .005″ | Trout – Easily Spooked Fish |

7X | .004″ | Trout & Panfish / Delicate Presentations |

8X | .003″ | Trout & Panfish / Small Flies |

**What is a 5X tippet?**

For example, 5X tippet would be 11-5 or 0.006” of an inch.

### What does 6X mean in fly fishing?

Tippet Chart

Tippet Size | Tippet Diameter | Approximate breaking strength in Super Strong nylon (pounds) |
---|---|---|

6X | .005″ | 3.5 |

5X | .006″ | 4.75 |

4X | .007″ | 6 |

3X | .008″ | 8.5 |

### Can you use regular fishing line for a fly leader?

So this begs the question, can you use regular fishing lines as a leader line? You can use a regular fishing line as a leader line. Just make sure the fishing line you are using will serve your purpose based on the type of fishing you are using.

**What diameter is 4X tippet?**

.007″

Tippet Chart

Tippet Size | Tippet Diameter | Approximate breaking strength in Super Strong nylon (pounds) |
---|---|---|

6X | .005″ | 3.5 |

5X | .006″ | 4.75 |

4X | .007″ | 6 |

3X | .008″ | 8.5 |