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Neversink River
Copyright 2014 James Marsh
Fly Fishing Gear and Trout flies for the Neversink River New York

Fly Line:
If you want to catch the small brook trout in the headwaters, you may want to use a light line.
This means you will be using small and most likely, dry flies. We would say the ideal fly line
size would be a 4 weight, floating fly line.

If you fish for the browns in the larger sections of the river, then we would suggest something
larger. We recommend a 5 weight fly line. It would deliver most of the flies that are ideal for
most of the fly fishing you would be doing. If you fish steamers and nymphs, and you should if
you want to catch trout in the Neversink Tailwater, then we would go a little larger. A 6 weight
line would be a good choice.

Most all your fishing can be done with a floating fly line but you may prefer to use a sinking tip
line in some cases. They can come in handy when you are fishing streamers in deeper water.

Fly Rod:
We think the 4, 5 and 6 weight fly rods should have moderately fast  to fast actions and be
nine feet in length.

Fly Reel:
The reels for four, five and six weight fly lines needs to be light. They should have good
drags. You don't want to hang one of the Neversink's large brown trout only to loose it
because of a poor drag. It should be smooth and adjust to fine increments.  

You should probably be using at least a 7 1/2 foot leader anywhere you fish the Neversink.
On occasions you may need to use a 12 leader. You should have them in sizes ranging from
0X for streamers, up to 6X for small dry flies and midge, larva, pupa and adult imitations.

Make sure you carry extra tippet in sizes ranging from 0X to 6X.

There are places you could fish the Neversink without waders or from the bank. The upper
small brook trout streams would be difficult to access without waders. I wouldn't think about
seriously fishing the tailwater without them.

Wading Boots:
Felt soles would be our choice.

Trout Flies;
The best trout flies you can purchase are Perfect Flies. They have imitations of all the aquatic
insects in all stages of life that are applicable to fishing. They are used extensively on the
Neversink River by many Perfect Fly customers. We hope you will give them a try. You will be
happy you did.
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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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