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Fly Fishing Gear, Tackle and Trout Flies - Kootenai River Montana

Fly Line:
We suggest a 5 weight fly line for most of the dry fly fishing on the Kootenai River. You will
probably want to use a 6 weight or even a 7 weight fly line for streamers and large nymphs in
the tailwater section..

Fly Rod:
We recommend a rod for the 4, 5 or 6 weight line that is nine feet in length in a medium fast to
fast action.

Fly Reel:
The reel for the four, five or six weight rod should have a decent drag. It should be smooth. A
disc drag that adjust in fine increments would be best.

You should use leaders from 71/2 foot to 12 foot in length for the kootenai River. I suggest
having them in sizes ranging from 0X for streamers, up to 6X for small dry flies and midges, in
the various lengths.

You should have extra tippet in sizes ranging from 0X to 6X.

Waders are necessary for the Kootenai River. We prefer the breathable type. You may want
neoprene waders during cold weather.

Wading Boots:
Much of the bottom in either gravel, sand or rock. You would not want cleats. Felt soles are the

Landing Net:
A landing net is purely optional.

We always recommend our "Perfect Fly" Trout Flies. These flies are far more realistic and far
more effective that most flies are on the Kootenai River. We have imitations of all the trout food
in the river. The wild rainbow and browns can be very selective. If you haven't already done so,
please give them a try. We feel certain you will be happy you did.
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