tip·​pet | \ ˈti-pət How to pronounce tippet (audio) \

Definition of tippet

1 : a long hanging end of cloth attached to a sleeve, cap, or hood
2 : a shoulder cape of fur or cloth often with hanging ends
3 : a long black scarf worn over the robe by Anglican clergymen during morning and evening prayer
4 fishing : a short length of material (such as gut, nylon, or horsehair) attached at the thinnest end of a tapered leader (see leader sense 1e(2)) and used to secure an artificial fly

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Recent Examples on the Web And one trick to fishing poppers effectively is to match tippet size to the profile and weight of the bug. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, "The Best Flies for Catching Panfish," 12 Mar. 2020 The slower bend did a great job of absorbing the energy during sudden speed bursts, which is a huge plus when you’ve just tied into a 20-plus-inch trout with a dry on a light tippet. Joe Cermele, Outdoor Life, "Tackle Test: The Best New Fishing Rods and Reels for 2020, Ranked and Rated," 23 Mar. 2020 This little gem of a knot is used on fishing line to secure two lines together (mends a broken line or attaches leaders and tippets). Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "Essential Knots: How to Tie the 20 Knots You Need to Know," 2 Apr. 2019 For low, clear winter flows, scale back to a 7 ½-foot, 4-to 5x fluorocarbon leader to your lead fly (Pat’s Rubber Legs), then attach a 10-inch, 5x dropper tippet to the bend of the Pat’s Rubber Legs and tie on the Frenchie. John Fedorka, Field & Stream, "The 6 Best Fly Patterns for Winter Trout," 3 Jan. 2020 Use 2-pound line as tippet for more bites, but 4-pound is ok. Tyler Mahoney Special To The Star, kansascity, "Fishing report: Prospects mixed on area lakes for week of June 20," 20 June 2018 The jig and float method with either a sculpin or ginger micro jig, on 2-pound tippet is catching good numbers of rainbows. Tyler Mahoney Special To The Star, kansascity, "Fishing report: Nineteen-pound channel cat caught at Wyandotte," 6 June 2018 Steve Thomas, caught and released a huge 8-foot tarpon on a 12-pound tippet in just over 26 minutes using a tiny Sand Devil fly that his daughter had tied for him. Steve Waters, miamiherald, "This big tarpon is the main attraction for those wanting to fish in the Florida Keys | Miami Herald," 12 Apr. 2018 Pope Jude Law has fifteen outfits, a fresh alb and tippet for each aspect of his mercurial personality. Tad Friend, The New Yorker, "The Spectacle of “The Young Pope”," 23 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of tippet

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tippet

Middle English tipet

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“Tippet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tippet. Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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