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    On the Dee at Llangollen, river is not too high and running quite clear. Have forgotten most of my tippets and only have 3lb and 4.9lb frog hair. Fishing czech nymph. What would you guys go for out of those two breaking strains?

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    I'd go with the stronger.
    You are hoping for a big grayling and there is always the possibility of a pesky out of season salmon (they do still run the Dee don't they?) so don't take any chances.



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    I'd go along with Andy, better safe than sorry. Though, if struggling and no offers then I'd go to the 3lb but only as a last resort.
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    As others have said id go with the heavier stuff in winter for the first 30 minutes or so but if I was struggling after that Id happily switch that out for the 3lb twang. The rivers been running very clear and the fish at Llangollen dont tend to be the monsters the Dee is famed for so 3lb should be ok and might be needed in the clear water.

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    What tippet would you normally fish with - ie the tippets you left at home?

    Something in between 3lb and 4.9 perhaps.


    Douglas

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    Yeah normally 3.7lb. Just found out it’s worse. I’ve only got 4.9lb frog hair so that’s narrowed it down for me ����‍♂️

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    When fishing for grayling on the upper tweed I fish with 5lb stroft mono 0.14mm diameter.

    If I hook one of the upper tweed specimens 2lb and over, then I have confidence in playing and landing.

    Now, I am one of these anglers who has never been convinced, that fishing with a lower diameter, lower b.s. mono would catch me more fish. Everyone to their own. Confidence in what you fish with is everything.



    Douglas

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    Default Re: Aargh emergency

    Just out of interest how did you find the Dee? I'm thinking of taking a trip in the next few days but wasn't too sure how the river would be with all the rain we've been having. I was in the area a few weeks ago and you could almost cast from the A5.

    Regards John

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    River is low and I had a good day today. Check the Maelor website for the Llangollen gauge to determine conditions buddy.

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    I remember a few years ago at the river bank, I discovered that I had left my spools of mono at home.
    The only spool I had was 10lb b.s. It was mono I used for making tapered leaders - I didn't have any choice.

    I fished the riffly broken stretches with a large size 12 cdc sedge. I had a particularly good day. Now would I have experienced more success if I fished with 4lb nylon. Who knows, it was hardly a scientific experiment, but it did re enforce in my mind that, not always, but in the main, we as anglers give too much credence to low poundage/diameter of our mono.

    This, off course, is only my general view, based on the borders streams that I fish. Perhaps if I angled on a chalk stream my view may change.



    Douglas

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