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Fly Fishing Gear and Trout Flies for the Beaver Dam Tailwater
(White River) in Arkansas

Fly Line:
We recommend either a 5 or 6 weight floating fly line for most of the rainbow and brown
trout fishing. You could use a lighter weight fly line, such as a 4 weight.

Fly Rod:
You would want a fly rod to handle each of the above line sizes.  The four, five and six
weight rods would be ideal at a length of nine feet. We recommend a medium to medium
fast action.

Fly Reel:
The reels for the 4, 5 and 6 weight lines should have good drags. They should be smooth
and adjust to fine increments.

You should be using at least a seven foot leader anywhere on the Beaver Dam tailwater. A
nine foot length would probably be the best all around length. The only exception would be
when you are fishing streamers. A 12 foot leader may be preferred in smooth water sections
of the river. Make sure you have leaders in sizes ranging from 0X for streamers, up to 6X for
small flies.

You should also have plenty of extra tippet in sizes ranging from 0X to 6X.

Waders are necessary just about anywhere you fish the Beaver Dam tailwater. We prefer
the breathable type but you may need neoprene waders if you are fishing during the winter.

Wading Boots:
Felt soles would be our choice. The new rubber soles may work well. They have at other
similar waters where we've tried them.

Wading Staff:
The use of a wading staff would be an optional accessory.

Landing Net:
A landing net is optional, but recommended.

Trout Flies:
As always, we recommend our "Perfect Fly" trout flies. We suggest a good selection of
streamers. We think our scud and sowbug imitations are the best you can buy. If you
haven't already tried our flies, we certainly hope you will. We are so confident you will like
them we guarantee your satisfaction.
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with the dates you will be fishing this
stream and we will send you a list of our
fly suggestions. Please allow up to 24
hours for a response.

2. Call us 800-594-4726 and we will help
you decide which flies you need.

3. Email us (
with a budget for flies and we will select
them to match the budget and get them to
you in time for your fly fishing trip.

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