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Thread: River Fly fishing Kit?

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    River Fly fishing Kit?

    Evening all, just a quick question. Can anyone recommend some good quality, relatively cheap fly tackle for fishing the river Dee for grayling and smaller trout? I have been invited by a friend to tag along for a few days towards the end of June and, as always, cash is tight. I have been informed that I should be looking for a #4 weight of around 7'6" and a reel big enough for a double taper line of the same and some backing. I currently fish with a #7 weight Hardy Zenith, but as I am unlikely to find another one going for a steal, I need something a little more reasonably priced but that still performs. I have little to no experience of river fishing, but consider myself to be proficient at casting even with a double taper. I don't mind if it is new or second hand kit, as long as it has been looked after, but i am a touch wary of some of the stuff on fleabay etc. Any thoughts?
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    Alistair

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    Hi alistair, try John Norris of Penrith they do complete kits exactly what your looking for and will post it, I am on there mailing list and every flier they send out has these complete fishing outfits in it , and they look good value for money,
    good luck jab.

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    Whereabouts on the Dee? A 7'6" 4wt trout rod is very light and more akin to using on slow moving small streams. Remember if playing a fish in fast moving water the rod has to cope with the weight of the fish plus the drag of the current, it's not just about the casting.

    Unless its a tiny stream I would personally go for a 8'6" or 9' 5wt as a general river rod, and even up to a 6wt depending on size of water....

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    I think your best getting a "greys" kit. 125 you get a greys rod reel and line. 8' rod should be perfect.

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    Thanks for all your advice, I will take a look at the Greys Kits and on John Norris. It is near Llangollen (is that how you spell it!?) and I was told that the #4wt would be sufficient. However, I bow to your greater experience. On a side note, has anyone else visited Sportfish near Hereford, i went last weekend and it seems like a nice set up.

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    I must apologise, when you said the river Dee I assumed you meant the river Dee in Scotland!

    However, some of the images that pop up when I googled it still seem to show a fairly substantial piece of water.

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    Yeah, sorry for any confusion, should have clarified that! As I understand it, it is much more substantial throughout the autumn and winter and rather less so once the amount of rain starts to tail off over the summer (obviously, being Wales, this is just from 7 days a week of torrential downpour, to 5 days, but a reduction none the less!)
    Alistair

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alistair View Post
    Yeah, sorry for any confusion, should have clarified that! As I understand it, it is much more substantial throughout the autumn and winter and rather less so once the amount of rain starts to tail off over the summer (obviously, being Wales, this is just from 7 days a week of torrential downpour, to 5 days, but a reduction none the less!)
    Alistair
    Hi, try foxtons on 01745583583. They are in wales and have a very good selection of secondhand kit. I bought my chalk stream kit from there and it was super good value. I got a greys streamflex and a lovely hardy reel for under 200.

    Kind regards, olaf

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    If it is only for a day I'd use my resy kit sod the expense just for a day good old bob churh 11 foot with 9 wt forward with a big orange lure should do the trick
    tight lines
    norma
    Last edited by norma 308; 21-04-2014 at 06:35.

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    Norma,thats about as subtle as a turd in a swimming pool

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