The thing with the Duck wouldn't have bothered me so much if there weren't a crowd of people looking on and growing by the minute. I was getting a little panicky about it, and you know if it hadda been a nice fish my tippet or leader would have broken at any time but nooooo, that's the strongest 5X I've ever bought!! It held a Duck for what seemed like 20 minutes!
By the way, for those wondering, Mallards really go for a Copper John fished about 12" under a Yellow stimulator. And carry a good strong 4wt. with a little backbone to it, I had just bought my TFO Finesse from LRO a couple days before that fiasco. Next time I'm thinking of carrying my Lab with me fishing.--Bran