Tippet “X” Conversions

I wanted to put this up to get rid of some of the confusion surrounding this issue.  It’s the tippet conversion from pound test to “x”.  The fact is, there are so many companies using their own tables that it muddies the water of the topic.  Lets face it, fly fishing can be confusing enough to the beginner without having to throw this onto the heap of things to be learned.

So I wanted to put this together to try and eliminate some of the confusion.  The following table is NOT the final word or the exact science but is a general concensus of the industry.  I reference the Orvis table because I trust theirs most.  You cannot have a history like theirs in the industry without doing something right.

So have a look and hopefully it will help.

 

Tight Lines!

Tippet Size
Tippet Diameter
Approximate breaking strength in Super Strong nylon (pounds)
Balances with fly sizes:
8X .003″ 1.75 22, 24, 26, 28
7X .004″ 2.5 18, 20, 22, 24
6X .005″ 3.5 16, 18, 20, 22
5X .006″ 4.75 14, 16, 18
4X .007″ 6 12, 14, 16
3X .008″ 8.5 6, 8, 10
2X .009″ 11.5 4, 6, 8
1X .010″ 13.5 2, 4, 6
0X .011″ 15.5 1/0, 2, 4
.012 .012″ 18.5 5/0, 4/0,3/0, 2/0
.013 .013″ 20 5/0, 4/0,3/0, 2/0
.015 .015″ 25 5/0, 4/0,3/0, 2/0
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