Roach River Maine
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Fly Fishing Gear for the Roach River Maine
Fly Line:
A five weight forward floating fly line will serve you well most of the time on the Roach River.
Some anglers like to use a 6 weight for the salmon but it really isn't necessary. You may
want a sinking tip line for the early spring and late Fall salmon season for streamers

We recommend you carry leaders ranging from 9 feet to 12 feet long, in sizes ranging from
0X to 6X. You may also want some shorter leaders for streamer fishing.

Spare tippet material should be on hand for the above size leaders from 0X to 6X.

Fly Rod:
The fly rod for the 4 or 5 weight line should be a nine foot, medium to medium fast action
fly rod. The rod you use for the six weight line for streamers and larger nymphs should be
6 weight, nine foot, medium fast action rod. We also recommend a slightly stiffer tip for
nymph and streamer fishing.

Fly Reel:
The fly reels should be as light as possible for the appropriate size fly lines but they all
should have good drags. We prefer disc drags. You don't want to hook a large brook trout
or salmon and lose it because of a poor fly reel drag.

Waders are necessary. 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 but it's a purely optional item.

Trout Flies:
We recommend our own "Perfect Flies" 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 during the time you plan on fishing the Roach River.
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Photo Courtesy of Dennis McCarthy
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. Call or email us with a budget for
flies and we will select them and get
them to you in time for your trip.

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