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Fly Fishing Gear for the Middle River - Yellowstone National Park
Fly Line:
You could easily get by using a five weight floating fly line for all of the fishing in the Middle
River; however, you may prefer a 4 weight floating line to fish.

Fly Rod:
You would want a fly rod to handle each of the two line sizes if you choose to use both. Both
the four and five weight rods would be ideal at a length of nine feet. We think a medium fast to
fast action would be best for this one.

Fly Reel:
The reels for the four and five weight lines should be light and have good drags. The drags
should be smooth and adjust to fine increments.

A 71/2 to nine foot leader length would probably be the best all around length. The only other
exception would be when you are fishing streamers whereas you may want a short leader of
only 3 or 4 feet. Make sure you have leaders in sizes ranging from 3X for up to 6X small flies.

Carry extra tippet in sizes ranging from 3X to 6X.

Waders are not necessary everywhere you may fish the Middle River. We do recommend them
and we do prefer the breathable type.

Wading Boots:
Rubber soles are required by the park.

Landing Net:
A landing net would be purely optional for the Middle River.

Trout Flies:
We recommend our "Perfect Fly" trout flies. Even though it is a small stream, the river has  
several large hatches of aquatic insects. During those times the trout can become selective.
We have specific imitations of everything insect that exist in the park. Our ant and beetle
imitations have proven very effective in this stream during August and September. If you
haven't done so already, we hope you will give them an opportunity to work for you. We feel
confident that you will be glad you did.
Middle River, YNP
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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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