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Biting Off Tippet

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Many flyfishers, me included, got into the habit of biting off tippet material. My tip is: Don't Do It!

I developed wear and chipping on my left front tooth, the one I used for biting off tippet. I'm not sure that it's related, but I think there is a good chance that it is.

If you develop problems on the lower, biting edge of your front teeth, it's a difficult repair. The dentists have trouble getting materials to adhere on that thin biting edge.

So save yourself unpleasant and expensive dental repairs and use your nippers. You can buy nail clippers at the drugstore for $.99.

Posted on: 2010/4/6 15:35


Re: Biting Off Tippet

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I've always been jealous of guys who could do this, as I can't. I still happily strip wire with my teeth, though...

Posted on: 2010/4/6 16:43
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Re: Biting Off Tippet

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I bite line. If I need to cut it close, like tag ends on a blood knot, I use the nippers. But otherwise I use teeth.

Posted on: 2010/4/6 16:44


Re: Biting Off Tippet

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I bite tippet and have that notch in my tooth. I'm 26 and have had it for a couple years now.

I actually find it easier to bite tippet now, because it slides into that notch and doesn't get pushed around.

I know I shouldn't doo it, but I'm lazy.

I'm just waiting to get giadarria.

Posted on: 2010/4/6 20:51
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Now that you mentioned it, i just checked my tippet tooth and i have multiple grooves.

Posted on: 2010/4/6 22:15
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Add me to the list, been using my right k-9 tooth since i could hold a rod. Just this past steelhead season I was driving home and was playing with my tooth and felt something weird on it, like I had a piece of tarter. Gave it a yank and would you know it it was a chip in the enamel.. It is pretty damn sharp now and works even better to cut line. :)

Posted on: 2010/4/7 11:32
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Re: Biting Off Tippet

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I've been using my teeth for 8 lb test & lighter.

Posted on: 2010/4/7 13:10


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I bit off some 2x the other day and i still have a toothache.. hahhaa

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Re: Biting Off Tippet

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I had an infected tooth and root canal bc of tippet. My dentist pulled out a small bit of tippet from my gum line which started the infection. It was great ! I love root canals.

Posted on: 2010/4/8 13:53
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Man , with all the rest of my bad habits i'm glad that wasn't one of them , i always had at least a pocket knife , sharp enough to cut through any mono i needed to , to get up real close like on a blood knot i would lay it down on a log or rock and press down.

Posted on: 2010/4/8 17:15


Re: Biting Off Tippet

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The key to being able to use your teeth to bite off tippet without having to worry about dental damage is to keep the biting surfaces exercised and in shape by closing all your split shot with your teeth as well.

Try it. You'll succumb to lead toxicity long before you do any damage to your teeth.....

Posted on: 2010/4/9 10:18


Re: Biting Off Tippet

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Once I get around to cutting out HFCS, sun exposure, red meat, driving in the rain, and sitting with bad posture, I'll work on biting my tippet.

In other words, it ain't good. Cut it out if you can. It's just not worth it for me at this point.

Posted on: 2010/4/9 10:29


Re: Biting Off Tippet

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Quote:

Bruno wrote:
I had an infected tooth and root canal bc of tippet. My dentist pulled out a small bit of tippet from my gum line which started the infection. It was great ! I love root canals.


Yes, there are always two sides to everything!

The other thing to consider is that if you need to get a crown you will be doing your part to keep the economy going by providing an $800 stimulus to the dental sector.

Also, when that big drill with the sinister low humming sound hits the tooth and the chunks go flying, it's very entertaining.

Posted on: 2010/4/9 10:57


Re: Biting Off Tippet

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have any of you biters noticed that if you pull the tippet instead of biting all the way through that it breaks off as if you used nippers ' and doesnt smash the end and makes it easier to thread small flies .

Posted on: 2010/4/11 13:44
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Re: Biting Off Tippet

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Tried to stop biting tipppet the other day--didn't last long. Guess I'll just have to keep $800 in the kitty.

Posted on: 2010/4/13 8:05



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