Tippet knot strength?
I was just wondering if anyone had any advice about the best knot to attach tippet material to level line, specifically fluorocarbon lines.
Just to clarify... I'm pretty new to Tenkara. I fly fished a little in my teenage years but then got wrapped up in rock climbing, which shaped my life for 30+ years. Now fishing again and really enjoying it!
I'm UK based but also spend lots of time in Catalunya (north-east Spain) and some of the rivers here (Catalunya) harbour some pretty big wild brown trout.
I've been using a Daiwa Keiryu-X 42 (13' 8") rod together with Yamatoyo 3.5 Fluorocarbon level line and Yamatoyo 1.2 (5x/5lb?) tippet for my fishing in Catalunya.
The good news is that I've caught some really nice and incredibly combative (up to 16 inch) trout on this rig. The bad... repeated breakages at the tippet-to-level line knot with (apparently) bigger fish hooked. I use the standard figure of eight stop-knot on the level line and attach the tippet with a slip knot.
Today I replaced the Yamatoyo 1.2 tippet with Drennen sub-surface 6lb (4x?) and finally landed a wild brown in the 18-20 inch range. The Daiwa Keiryu X rods are not rated for anything above 5x (5lb) tippet but I was getting sick of the breakages and decided to risk it...
So, to get back to the point...knots. On Youtube I see tenkara enthusiasts bringing monster trout to the net on rods and lines rated lower than the stuff I'm using, so is it my knots or my technique?
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