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Fly Fishing Gear, Tackle and Trout Flies for the Bear River Idaho
Fly Line:
If you fish the headwater streams you will probably want to use a lighter fly line. An ideal fly
line size for that would be a 4 weight, floating fly line.

If you fish the middle to lower sections you would probably want a 5 or 6 weight floating fly
line. You could get by using a 5 weight floating fly line for everything. Many anglers that
fish heavy nymphs and streamers would want a 6 weight fly line but it would not be
absolutely necessary.

Fly Rod:
We suggest a rod for the 4, 5 and 6 weight lines, provided you use all three line sizes. The
length of the rods should be 9 feet in our opinion. We think a moderately fast to fast action
is best.

Fly Reel:
The reels for the 4, 5 and 6 weight lines should be light and have good drags. A disc drag
that adjust in fine increments would be best. The Bear River has some nice size trout and
you don't want to end up breaking your tippet because you used a reel with a low quality

You should probably be using at least a 7 and half foot leader anywhere you fish the Bear
River. There are situation where you would want to go up to 9 feet. I would suggest having
them in sizes ranging from 1X for streamers, up to 6X for small dry flies and midges, in
both the 7 and half and 9 foot lengths. Short leaders may be preferred when you are
fishing streamers.

You should have extra tippet in sizes ranging from 1X to 6X.

Waders are necessary for fishing the Bear River.

Wading Boots:
Much of the bottom in either gravel, sand or rock. You would not want cleats. Felt soles
are the best.

Trout Flies:
We recommend "Perfect Flies". We think they are the best flies you can purchase. They
have been tested in the Bear River and have proven to be successful there. If you haven't
already done so, please give the flies a try. We feel confident that you will be very glad
you did.
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