I’ve always liked the X Rating approach to tippet rather than breaking strain, though it’s more common in the US than the UK. Modern tippet materials are exceptionally strong, largely due various treatments and coatings they’re given to improve breaking strain and resistance to abrasion. However, when it comes to working out what a tippet is made of, manufacturers and distributors don’t make things too easy. In essence, there are three basic kinds of monofilament used for fly fishing tippet: nylon such as Stroft GTM (many of which these days are copolymers, a term that simply refers to a mix of nylon polymers being used), fluorocarbons such as Airflo Sightfree G3 (confusingly these can also be copolymers – a mix of fluorocarbon polymers) and hybrids such as Rio Powerflex or Asso Double Strength (copolymer nylon coated with a fluorocarbon, PTFE in the case of Rio Powerflex). At times, working out which is which is almost impossible from the labelling alone.
Although Eyebrook officially opened on March 10th, it’s taken me a couple of weeks before managing to get in some fishing, a combination of work commitments and some absolutely lousy weather. First session, and after days of heavy rain the water was coloured and there was not a cloud in the sky, hardly the best fishing conditions though definitely a lovely day to be out of doors. A light breeze from the south made the southwest bank along The Hawthorns the most popular spot. Sticking with a mix of different size buzzers and diawl bachs, eventually led to me connecting with a fish after a couple of hours of trying.
The following day, the wind had shifted bringing the Three Trees bank into play. Note to self, there are more than three trees, I caught at least one of them. A two fly cast of a Bibio Diawl Bach on the point and a #14 black and red cruncher on a dropper worked well as the fish were shoaling up and down the bank no more than 15 yards out and feeding just below the surface. Just as well really, as casting a little restricted with the trees. Probably missed and lost twice and many fish as I actually landed in a short two and half hour session with takes on both flies.