Leaders

Tippet to Fly Size Chart

Tippet Size Diameter Balances with Fly Size Pound Test
0X 0.011 2,1/0 15.5
1X 0.010 4,6,8 13.5
2X 0.009 6,8,10 11.5
3X 0.008 10,12,14 8.5
4X 0.007 12,14,16 6.0
5X 0.006 14,16,18 4.75
6X 0.005 16,18,20,22 3.5
7X 0.004 18,20,22,24 2.5
8X 0.003 22,24,26,28 1.75

The best knot to join the leader sections is the barrel knot. It is neater than other knots, allowing the sections to follow each other “in line”, neater than other knots like the surgeon’s knot.

Leader formulas taken from the Orvis Waterproof Vest Pocket Knot Booklet.