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Fly Fishing Gear, Tackle and Trout Flies for Hughes River Virginia
Fly Line:
You would probably want a 3 or 4 weight fly line for your dry fly fishing on the Hughes River
You could get by using a 5 weight, floating fly line for everything. Many anglers that fish
heavy nymphs and streamers would want a 6 weight fly line but it would not be absolutely

Fly Rod:
I would suggest a rod for the 3 or 4 weight line and another for the 5 weight line if you
choose to use it. The three or four weight rod should be between eight and nine feet in
length, a medium to medium fast action would work best in our opinion.

If you choose to fish heavier nymphs and streamers on a five or six weight line then you
would probably want a fly rod that is a little on the stiff side.  It should be nine feet in a
medium to a medium fast action.

Fly Reel:
The reel for the three or the four weight rod should be light and with a smooth drag. A disc
drag that adjust in fine increments would be best for the five or six weight line.

We recommend at least a 7 and half foot leader anywhere you fish the Hughes River. There
are situation where you would want to go up to 9 feet. I would suggest having them in sizes
ranging from 2X for streamers, up to 7X for small dry flies and midges, in both the 7 and half
and 9 foot lengths.

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

Waders are necessary for the Hughes River. We prefer the breathable types.  You can wet
wade during the summer months.

Wading Boots:
Much of the bottom is rock, sand and gravel. Felt soles are the best.

Trout Flies:
We recommend our "Perfect Flies". We think they are the best trout flies you can purchase.  
If you haven't already tried them, we certainly hope you will. You want be disappointed. We
have specific imitations of every insect that hatches on the Hughes River as well as a full line
of terrestrial patterns. You may also notice that we sell standard, generic and attractor flies
at a very low price.
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