What is the difference between a leader and a tippet in fly fishing?
A fly fishing leader is tapered from thick (butt section) down to the tip (tippet) to turn over the nearly weightless fly and present it gently onto the water. The tippet is the last 16 inches of the leader and is the finest and nearly invisible section of line connected to the fly.
Is a leader and tippet the same thing?
The tippet is the “tip” of the leader. Tippets are tied directly to the fly, and they’re usually much shorter than the leader. If you don’t use tippet, you’ll lose length from your leader whenever you have to cut a fly loose. Tippet also allows for greater precision when presenting the fly.
What leader should I use for fly fishing?
A good place to start is with a 9-foot tapered leader. If you are fishing to spookier fish, add a section of tippet and lengthen that out to 12 feet or so. If you’re fishing for bass or other more aggressive species, you can go with a 6 to 7.5-foot tapered leader.