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Fly Fishing Gear, Tackle and Trout Flies for Elk River West Virginia

Fly Line:
You could easily get by using a five weight floating fly line for all of the fishing on the Elk
River. You may also want a 6 weight floating line to fish nymphs and streamers.

Fly Rod:
You would want a fly rod to handle each of the two line sizes if you choose to use both. The
five weight rod would be ideal at a length of nine feet. We think a medium fast to fast action
would be best for this one. The six weight rod should be nine feet in length in a fast action.
A stiffer tip rod works best for heavier nymphs and streamers.

Fly Reel:
The reels for the five and six weight lines should be light and have good drags. The drags
should be smooth and adjust to fine increments.

A nine foot leader length would probably be the best all around length. You should also
have a twelve foot length for fishing small dry flies. The only other exception would be when
you are fishing streamers whereas you may want a short leader of only 3 or 4 feet. Make
sure you have leaders in sizes ranging from 2X for streamers up to 7X for midges and other
small flies.

You should also have plenty of extra tippet in sizes ranging from 2X to 7X.

Waders are necessary most anywhere you fish the Elk River. We prefer the breathable type.

Wading Boots:
Felt soles would still be our choice.

Wading Staff:
The use of a wading staff would be optional. The stream is fairly easy to wade.

Landing Net:
A landing net would be purely optional.

Trout Flies:
We recommend our "Perfect Fly" trout flies. We have specific imitations of everything insect
that exist in and around the Elk River that trout eat. They are the most realistic flies you can
purchase and come in all stages of the life of the most all of the common aquatic insects.
We have several Perfect Fly customers who regularly use our flies for this stream. If you
haven't done so already, we hope you will give them an opportunity to work for you. We feel
confident that you will be glad you did.
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them to match the budget and get them to
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