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Fly Fishing DVD -
Getting Started
Fly fishing basics of choosing the right fly,
fly line, fly rod, fly reel, leader, tippet, etc.
for your particular needs and
requirements is a step in the right
direction towards success on any fly-
fishing excursion. The purpose, function
and features of each fly-fishing
tool, fly rod, fly reel, fly line, flies, waders,
etc. , including its construction and
material, are thoroughly covered.

This “encyclopedia of fly fishing gear”
covers the complete spectrum of fly
fishing rods, fly reels, backing, fly lines,
leaders, tippets, waders, boots,
accessories and much more.

Example Script:
The following are some fly fishing basics
that you should know if you are going to
consistently catch trout. Smaller size
leaders are designated by their length
and the tippet size number, which is
designated by a “X” that identify the size
and breaking strength of the tippet. The
larger the number immediately preceded
by  “X” the smaller the diameter and lower
the breaking strength of the tippet.
Larger size leaders do not use the “X”
system to designate size. They are
identified as being extra light, light,
medium, heavy or extra heavy and may
also be designated by the diameter of the
tippet. If the tippet size is larger than the
zero ”X” size designation, they are
referred to by length and tippet size
designated as the tested breaking
strength. For instance, a designation of a
tippet may be, a nine, foot leader with a .
015-inch diameter tippet, or nine-foot
leader with a breaking strength of ten
pounds. The larger the tippet, the more
difficult it is to make the fly look and act
natural. So from the standpoint of the
presentation the tippet should be as small
in diameter as possible. However, since
the tippet is also the weakest link
between the angler and the fish a
balance of choices must be made
between the quality of presentation of the
fly and the risk of a fish breaking the

Another fly fishing basic is that length of
the tippet is, of course, reduced each
time you tie on a fly. At some point, the
reduction in tippet length will began to
adversely affect the presentation of your
fly. For this reason, it is smart to tie on a
new tippet of the proper length or change
to a new leader altogether any time the
tippet becomes too short. Long tippets
are more so affected by wind than shorter
ones. In fact, wind can easily form an
overhand knot in the tippet during a cast.
This effectively reduces the breaking
strength of the tippet as well as the
presentation of the fly. As a rule of
thumb, you should always use the
smallest size leader and tippet that you
can get away with.
Tippets are usually made of nylon
monofilament. Fluorocarbon tippets are
popular because they are less visible to the
fish than monofilament tippets and have
higher wet knot strength. There is also what
is called “bite” tippets, which are made heavy
for a short length in order to protect the
leader from the sharp teeth of some species
such as the northern pike. These are usually
made from single-strand wire, heavy
monofilament, nylon coated wire,  
fluorocarbon and other heavier material. Bite
tippets, sometimes just referred to as bite
leaders, are not the weakest link between the
angler and the fish.

The larger the fly, the larger the size tippet
you can use without it adversely affecting the
presentation of the fly. For example, this
larger size streamer fly can be effectively
presented on a much larger sizetippet than
this very small dry fly. Ideally, you would use
a very small, light tippet for the dry fly – as
small as possible without it compromising
your ability to successfully fight and land the
fish. Most anglers would much rather take
their chances fighting a fish on light tackle
than to fish heavier tackle.
Length: 55 min. plus
promos 25 min. Total
of 80 min