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Fly Fishing Tackle, Gear and Trout Flies for the Cranberry River
We are recommending a 4 weight, floating fly line or an even lighter fly line for the brook
trout. We recommend a 5 weight, floating fly line for dry flies and lighter nymphs for the
rainbow and brown trout and a 6 weight fly floating fly line for heavier nymphs and
Leaders should range in sizes from a 2X for streamers up to a 6X for midges and small dry
flies. Lengths ranging from seven and one-half feet, up to 12 feet in length are suggested.
Extra tippet material ranging from 2X to 6X should be available for the leaders we list above.
For the brook trout, we suggest a 4 weight fly rod or lighter if you prefer. It should be a
medium fast action rod nine feet in length. The rod for the 5 weight line should be a medium
fast action rod, depending on your preference and nine feet long. The 6 weight rod should
have be a little stiffer tip for nymph fishing. We would suggest a nine foot, medium fast to
fast action rod.
The fly reel you use for the 4 weight brook trout line (or even lighter) should be light but that
is about the only requirement. The reels for the 5 and 6 weight lines should have a good
drag, preferably a disc drag. You don't want to loose a nice trout because of a poor or
rough operating drag.
We recommend waders. There are not many areas you will be able to fish without them.
We recommend felt soles for your wading boots. You may want to consider the new rubber
sole boots that help prevent the spread of Didymo but we have not tested them on the
A wading staff would be purely optional. You may want to consider using one during high
water or in stronger currents that are suitable for wading.
A landing net is another optional item. You don't have to use one, but you may regret not
having one if you end up losing a nice trout.
As always we recommend "Perfect Fly" trout flies. You should have a good selection of
streamers. The flies you have for the aquatic insects should vary depending on the time of
the year you are fishing. There is no one particular insect that is more important than any
other one throughout the season.
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Recommended Tackle & Gear
4, 5 or 6 weight
Dry fly: 9 &12 ft., 5 or 6X, Nymphing: 71/2
ft., 3 or 4X, Streamers 0X
Dry fly: 5 or 6X, Nymphing: 3 or 4X,
Best Fly Rods:
Perfect Fly Supreme Four, Superb Five or
For 5/6 fly line
Fly Floatants and Misc Items:
Floatants, KISS Strike Indicators
Tools & Accessories:
Nippers, forceps, retractors, etc.
|Options For Selecting Flies:
1. Email us (email@example.com)
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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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