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Fly Fishing Gear and Trout Flies for the Holston River Tennessee

Fly Line:
We just can't imagine anyone wanting anything lighter than five-weight line even though
midges may be the most used flies. There will be many situations were a streamer would be
the top choice fly. This is especially true when you are drifting the river and the water is on.

Two size lines, the 5 weight and 6 weight line for nymph fishing and throwing streamers, is
all you really need to fish the Holston River.  

Fly Rod:
The rod for the 5 weight line should be nine feet in length in a medium fast to fast action.
The rod for the 6 weight line should be nine feet long in a moderately fast to fast action.
You would want some punch to it in order to deliver larger streamers.

Fly Reel:
The reels for the 5 weight line and 6 weight fly lines should be a good one. You need a
very good drag on either of the reels. The disc drags are the best and what we would

You will be using a very large range of leader sizes both in length and size. The large
streamers would require heavy leaders. The tiny midge flies that you would be often using,
will require exactly the opposite.  Leaders ranging in sizes from 0X down to 6X may be
required. You would want the heavy leaders for streamers to be on the short side and the
lightest leaders for midges to be around 9 feet in length.

Extra tippet in sizes ranging from 0X to 6X.

Even if you drift the Holston River, you would want to use waders. You may have to or want
to get out of the boat.

Wading Boots:
Felt soles or either the new rubber sole boots would work best. The bottom varies from soft
soil to solid rock.

Wading Staff:
The water is not really bad enough for us to say a wading staff should be used. We would
call this optional. It would be a good thing to have if you got caught in rising water.

Naturally we recommend "Perfect Flies" for the Holston River. The larger, holdover brown
trout can become selective at times and the better your fly matches the natural insects, the
better off you are.

We feel like our specific imitations of caddisflies, Sulphur mayflies, midges, and streamers
are the best trout flies you can purchase. If you haven't done so already, please give them
a try. You will be glad you did.;
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