The 12 Days of Christmas: Five Gold Rings!


Editor’s note: To celebrate the holiday season, we are counting down the twelve days of Christmas with a fly-fishing theme. (Yes, we realize that the actual Twelvetide celebration comes after Christmas, but that didn’t seem as fun.)  We’re using classic posts that align with the lyrics of the traditional tune as closely as possible. Although they are not gold, Tim Flagler’s tippet rings make for a perfect fifth day post.

“On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me five gold rings. . .”

We are so accustomed to watching the brilliant tying videos from Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions every Wednesday that it’s easy to forget what a twisted sense of humor the man has. (Anyone remember his proctologically inspired “Why I Need a Sling Pack” video?) Well, this week’s tip features Barbie as a spokesmodel for Tim’s explanation for how to use a tippet ring.

“A tippet ring?” you may ask. “What manner of atrocity is this?”

Surely, there will be some folks who will object to inserting a small piece of metal between the leader and tippet, but others will see the benefits in being able to quickly change tippets with just a clinch knot. Either way, Tim brings his usual skill and clarity to his instruction, and there are several tricks of the trade for everyone here.

Whattya think of the tippet ring: advantage or apostasy?


Barbie sez: “Always use a leader gage!”
Photo by Tim Flagler

5 thoughts on “The 12 Days of Christmas: Five Gold Rings!”

  1. I may be slighting all the other great videos, but the Barbie tippet ring video is one of the best! Looking forward to seeing Mr Flagler in Massachusetts in January.

  2. We used to have to get welded silver links from jewelry repair guys before they became available at fly shops but they are real tapered leader savers. Just make sure your leader is heavier than your tippet and don’t fall in the trap of never retying the leader side on occasion.

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