Kennebec River
Copyright 2015 James Marsh
Fly Fishing Gear, Tackle and Flies for the Kennebec River Maine
Fly Line:
We recommend either a 4, 5 or 6 weight fly line for the trout in Kennebec River. You mostly
only need floating lines. You will want a sinking line and/or sinking tip lines for streamer
fishing. Line sizes for landlocked Atlantic salmon should range from 6 to 8 weight

Fly Rod:
We recommend either a 4, 5 or 6 weight fly rod for each line size you choose to use for
trout. The fly rods should in a med-fast to fast action and a 9 foot length. For salmon, a 6
to 8 weight fly rod in a medium fast to fast action and nine foot length.

Fly Reel:
The fly reels used should be for each of the different lines you use and each should have
a very good drag. We prefer disc drags but there are other types that will work as well. It
should be smooth.

Leaders for trout should size 0X to 6X and be from 71/2 to 12 feet long. You may want
some short leaders of 3 or 4 feet for streamers. Leaders for salmon should be 9 feet for
single handed rods up to 16 feet for Spey rods. They should range from 0 to 2X in size.

You should have spare tippet in 0X and 6X for trout and salmon.

Waders are necessary just about anywhere you would fish. We prefer the breathable type.

Wading Boots:
Felt bottom wading boots are recommended. We have not tested the new rubber soles on
this stream.  

Landing Net:
A landing net is recommended although it isn't absolutely necessary.

Trout Flies:
We recommend "Perfect Flies" for the Kennebec River because they are the most realistic
and effective imitations of the things trout eat that you can purchase. We suggest you have
the flies necessary to match the insects that hatch during the time you plan on fishing the
Roach River. You should also have streamers that match smelt and small baitfish. You will
need both nymphs and dry flies most days of the season.
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River Maine
Kennebec River
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Options For Selecting Flies:
1. Email us (
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 (
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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U. S. Orders over $100 are shipped via
Priority Mail.