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Gear, Tackle and Trout Flies - Big Creek Wyoming

Fly Line:
We recommend either a 5 or 6 weight floating fly line for rainbow and cutthroat trout fishing.
You may want a sinking tip line for streamers and as well as a sinking line.. You may want a
heavier line for steelhead. Many prefer a 7 weight fly line when fly fishing the Methow River.

Fly Rod:
We recommend either a 5 weight fly rod in a medium to medium-fast action that is 9 feet in
length. The 6 weight fly rod should be a medium fast to fast action rod with a slightly stiffer
tip for nymph fishing and 9 feet in length. Steelhead anglers may want to use a spey rod. We
recommend a 7 weight, 12 to 14 foot spey rod.

Fly Reel:
The fly reel used for the 5 or 6 weight lines should have very good drags. We prefer disc
drags but there are other types that will work as well. The fly reel for the spey rod should be
a 7 weight. We prefer large arbor spools for all the reels for this river.

Leaders should be a size 1X to 7X and range from 8 to 15 feet in length. Long leaders are
often required. You should use a 8 to 10 pound test leader for the steelhead.

You should have spare tippet in 1X to 7X. Some anglers prefer fluorocarbon for nymphs but
mono is fine. Extra tippet material is needed for the steelhead or 8 or 10 pound test.

Waders are needed for fly fishing the Methow River. We prefer the breathable type. You
may want to use neoprene waders during the winter.

Wading Boots:
Wading boots should either by felt soles or the new rubber soles if you prefer them.

Landing Net:
A landing net is strictly optional but we do recommend using one. Make sure you use a large
net for the steelhead.

Trout Flies:
Perfect Flies have proven to be effective on the Methow River. We have many customers
who have used them for the rainbow and cutthroat trout. They closely imitate all the real
aquatic insects, crustaceans and terrestrials that are in the stream. We have specific
imitations of all the insects in all stages of life. If you haven't already tried them, we certainly
hope you will. We are confident you will find them highly effective.
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