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Fly Fishing Gear, Tackle and Trout Flies - Natchaug River

Fly Line:
We recommend either a 4, 5 and 6 weight fly lines for the Natchaug River in Connecticut.  
You only need a floating fly line most of the time but you may want a sinking tip or sinking
line, especially fishing the pools during cold weather. Atlantic Salmon fly lines should be 7 or
8 weight sinking tip and sinking fly lines.

Fly Rod:
We recommend either a 4, 5 or 6 weight fly rod for the respective line size you choose to
use. The trout fly rods should be nine feet in length and in a medium fast to fast action. The
salmon rods should be 7 or 8 weight, medium fast to fast action rods 9 to 10 feet in length.
Spey rods are used by some anglers.

Fly Reel:
The fly reel used should be for each of the 4, 5 and 6 weight lines you use and each have a
very good drag. We prefer disc drags but there are other types that will work as well. It
should be smooth. 7 or 8 weight reels are best in a large arbor model.

Leaders should size 1X to 6X and be from 7 and a half to 9 feet long. Use shorter leaders for
streamers. Atlantic Salmon leader should be 0X to 2X in 9 or 10 feet lengths.

You should have spare tippet in 1X and 6X. Some anglers prefer fluorocarbon but mono is

Waders are preferred for fly fishing the Natchaug River. We prefer the breathable type but
you may prefer neoprene waders in cold water.

Wading Boots:
Wading boots will be needed. Felt soles work best but you may want to consider the new
rubber soles.

Landing Net:
A landing net would be preferred by most anglers but not absolutely necessary.

Trout Flies:
Perfect Flies are recommend because they are the best trout flies you can purchase. We
have specific imitations of every food that exist in the Natchaug River. It has a huge diversity
of aquatic insects consisting of midges, caddisflies, and mayflies. If you haven't already tried
Perfect Flies, we certainly hope you will. You will find they are very effective in this river. We
have many Connecticut anglers that use them exclusively.
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them to match the budget and get them to
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