There are two answers to your tippet question. If you correctlytie a Non-Slip Loop in the leader before the tippet and the sameknot in the rear of the tippet, you can loop-to-loop the tippet tothe leader, and you will lose little leader strength. If you haveto change tippets, you need only unloop the bad tippet and loop onanother. The other answer is that when I encounter both bass andblues, I generally attach a small black swivel to the leader beforethe tippet. Then, I attach thin wire to the swivel and the fly.When the wire becomes too kinked, I simply clip it off and attachanother wire to the swivel.