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Re: Biting Off Tippet

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I recommend for 8 or 10 pound test, you should grind your teeth lightly in a side to side motion, which I find cuts the line easier, and I feel it lessens the chance of chipping when snapping through tough line.

I take no responsibility for dental accidents on account of my post.

And yes I bite tippet, although I try not to go above 6 lbs. I have a chip in my bottom right tooth under my right front tooth, but I think it is due more to my bottom teeth being spaced very tight. I use the other side of that tooth for snipping.

Posted on: 2010/4/13 11:31
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Re: Biting Off Tippet

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I also bite off tippet. My dentist is a flyfisher and he asked me if I knew what nippers were. I said yes, and he said, you obviously don't use them. I guess I too have grooves in my teeth. Yeah well, I don't see me having any teeth modeling gigs in the future.

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Posted on: 2010/4/13 13:19
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Re: Biting Off Tippet

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I've mostly given up biting, because of front bottom tooth chipping and weakened teeth. (Although I did it twice yesterday - 4X and 5X.)
I've only used my teeth (side molars) to open beer when I was young, strong and dumb. I figure clippers and openers are the refuge of the worn and wise.

Posted on: 2010/4/13 14:19


Re: Biting Off Tippet

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There are more reasons than chipped teeth not to bite your tippet. They are called Giardia and Cryptosporidium. They are both parasitic cysts, expelled from muskrat and beavers. You don't want to be licking either off your line or you'll be spending more time in the bushes than fishing.

Yes, I have been known to bite my tippet too, but have really been making a better effort not to. I chipped a front tooth as well.

Posted on: 2010/4/13 18:45


Re: Biting Off Tippet

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Best to use nippers.I tend to flatten the mono which makes threading it tough.Clean cut with the nips.The price of old teeth.

Posted on: 2010/4/16 14:55
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Re: Biting Off Tippet

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Quote:

gulfgreyhound wrote:
Best to use nippers.I tend to flatten the mono which makes threading it tough.Clean cut with the nips.The price of old teeth.


+1 with gulfgreyhound.

Posted on: 2010/4/16 20:02


Re: Biting Off Tippet

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I dont know if I can stop doing it. I use my teeth to hold line when tying knots, bite tippet off, I even bite flies sometimes just to hold em haha. This weekend, it was really cold, and I my wading jacket was up above my mouth, so I used only my hands and nippers...and it took me so much longer ahaha.

I'll have to check my teeth. I didnt think such small line would affect it..

Posted on: 2010/4/20 8:36
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Re: Biting Off Tippet

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Having grown up with a dentist for a father (and working as his chair-side in the summers) I can confirm that the only thing worse than nipping line is biting down on split shot!

Posted on: 2010/4/20 8:58


Re: Biting Off Tippet

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It's really pretty easy to get into the habitat of cutting tippet with nippers and closing split shot with hemostats.

The main thing is to have the tools in easily accessible places.

I found the transition was very easy. Once you get into the new habit, the new "work flow", you don't even think about it, you just automatically reach for the nippers or the hemostats.

Posted on: 2010/4/20 9:32


Re: Biting Off Tippet

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sdwaters wrote:
I can confirm that the only thing worse than nipping line is biting down on split shot!


What, really?

This I am guilty of, and I never suspected it to be a problem.. I mean, its soft and all. I figured a bigger issue was the cancer I'd give myself from eating lead (said while he lights a pipe).

Guess I'll have to stop. Can I continue to strip wire with my teeth though? No? Oh... ;)

Posted on: 2010/4/20 11:02


Re: Biting Off Tippet

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Yeah my uncle chipped his tooth on a splitshot this weekend lol...

But do you really think the lead is a threat? Cause I wont ever be able to use hemostats for that...unless it really is a threat, but people have been doing it for YEARS right?

Someone make me feel better haha

Posted on: 2010/4/20 12:11
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Re: Biting Off Tippet

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Lead is undeniably a carcinogen.

Decide on how important that is to you, and if that amount of intake concerns you or not. It does me every single time I chomp down on one, but I still do it anyways.

Posted on: 2010/4/20 12:55
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Re: Biting Off Tippet

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gfen, that's funny because I think about it everytime too, but still do it. I always make sure I spit afterwards. I'm guessing it doesn't do anything, but eases my mind for the time being.

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Re: Biting Off Tippet

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Yeah I spit after I bite split-shot too. I have the kind that is painted green so maybe the paint keeps it from killing me quicker. Lolol

Posted on: 2010/4/20 15:34
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Re: Biting Off Tippet

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NB,
I think the green ones are lead-free.

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