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Scientific Anglers Rolls Out New Tippet and Free Wheeling Spool System

 

Date: 5/13/12
Tackle type: Line
Manufacturer: Scientific Anglers
Reviewer: Zander








Introduction: Scientific Anglers has introduced a new tippet and tippet spool system which is designed with a number of added value features. Tippet may seem like a very simple component but the team at S.A. have taken things to the next level with the great detail in design that we have come to expect from this manufacturer.

 


Meet Scientific Anglers new tippet and tippet spool system

 

The new tippet is available in three types including Freshwater nylon, Saltwater hard mono and Fluorocarbon. All of these come on new color coded spools for easy identification, green for freshwater, blue for saltwater and orange for fluorocarbon. The spools are also translucent so anglers can now see exactly how much material is left on the spool, and to ensure that the material does not degenerate from UV exposure the spools are molded with UV inhibitors.

 


The tippet is available in three types including freshwater (shown), saltwater and fluorocarbon

 

The tippet is available in a wide range of sizes ranging from 0X all the way up to 40lb. Anglers will notice the tippets have excellent diameters for their breaking strength and each spool is loaded with 30 meters of material with is nearly 10% more than competing offerings.

 

SIZE

DESCRIPTION

BREAK STRENGTH

DIAMETER

CAPACITY

SCIENTIFIC ANGLERS FRESHWATER TIPPET

0X

0X Freshwater Tippet

14.9lb/6.7kg

0.011in/0.279mm

32.8yd/30m

1X

1X Freshwater Tippet

12.8lb/5.8kg

0.010in/0.254mm

32.8yd/30m

2X

2X Freshwater Tippet

10.5lb/4.7kg

0.009in/0.229mm

32.8yd/30m

3X

3X Freshwater Tippet

8.8lb/4.0kg

0.008in/0.203mm

32.8yd/30m

4X

4X Freshwater Tippet

6.8lb/3.0kg

0.007in/0.178mm

32.8yd/30m

5X

5X Freshwater Tippet

4.8lb/2.1kg

0.006in/0.152mm

32.8yd/30m

6X

6X Freshwater Tippet

3.7lb/1.6kg

0.005in/0.127mm

32.8yd/30m

7X

7X Freshwater Tippet

2.7lb/1.2kg

0.004in/0.102mm

32.8yd/30m

8X

8X Freshwater Tippet

1.8lb/0.8kg

0.003in/0.076mm

32.8yd/30m

14lb

14lb Freshwater Tippet

14lb/6.4kg

0.012in/0.305mm

32.8yd/30m

16lb

16lb Freshwater Tippet

16lb/7.3kg

0.013in/0.330mm

32.8yd/30m

20lb

20lb Freshwater Tippet

20lb/9.1kg

0.014in/0.356mm

32.8yd/30m

22lb

22lb Freshwater Tippet

22lb/10.0kg

0.016in/0.406mm

32.8yd/30m

25lb

25lb Freshwater Tippet

25lb/11.4kg

0.017in/0.432mm

32.8yd/30m

30lb

30lb Freshwater Tippet

30lb/13.6kg

0.018in/0.457mm

21.8yd/20m

35lb

35lb Freshwater Tippet

35lb/15.9kg

0.020in/0.508mm

21.8yd/20m

40lb

40lb Freshwater Tippet

40lb/18.2kg

0.022in/0.559mm

21.8yd/20m

 

The freshwater tippet is a proprietary nylon polymer which is formulated for suppleness, low memory and strength. The saltwater tippet is also nylon based and formulated for more powerful presentations and the fluorocarbon polymer is formulated to abrasion resistance, low visibility and excellent knot strength.

 


To make deployment easy a line cutter is integrated into each spool

 

Scientific Anglers went a step further with the new spools by introducing a new line management system. To make pulling the right length of tippet both quicker and easier a built in cutter is integrated into the edge of each spool. 

 


What is that red hub in the middle?

 

In the center of each spool anglers will find a red colored "hub" which can be pushed outwards allowing the tippet to lock into other spools, including some traditional tippet spools.

 


Press it upwards from the bottom and spools ca now be joined

 

This free wheeling hub allows the new tippet spool to spin freely when joined. When joined a simple press of the hub downwards immediately separates all spools.

 


When joined the spools spin freely on the independent hub

 

The spools are labeled on the outside with a new water resistant label to prevent cracking and peeling and the elastic retainers are also labeled for easy identification making it easy to identify the tippet even when the spools are joined together.

 


The retainers are labeled for easy identification

 

The retainers also have an extra tag which can be pulled in reverse to spool the excess tippet back onto the spool. All in all this is as good as it gets when it comes to tippet line management.

 


A tag end on the retainer band makes it possible to back excess tippet back onto the spool

 

The new tippet spool design is clever and the fact that the engineers at Scientific Anglers thought about details like waterproof label material, an adjustable free spinning hub design and even a UV resistant spool material just goes to show just how far the company is willing to go to make fly fishing both easier and more effective. The new tipper spools are just hitting stores now and fly fishermen ca expect both the freshwater and saltwater tippet to retail for $4.99 per spool and the fluorocarbon to retail for $17.50 per spool.



 

 

 

 

 

 
 





 

 



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