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Fly Fishing Tackle, Gear and Trout Flies for North Platte River
Fly Line:
If you want to catch the small 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 2 or 3 weight, floating fly line.

If you fish for the browns and bows 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
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

Fly Rod:
If you fish for the small trout as well as the larger ones you would want a fly rod to handle
each of the above line sizes.  A light 2 or 3 weight rod would be ideal for the small trout. We
would say any length from six and a half feet up to eight feet. A slow to moderate action
would be best for this one. It will help you protect light tippets. You would only need to make
short cast.

The five weight rod should be between eight and nine feet in length, a medium to
moderately fast action would be best. This would make the rod more versatile. We would not
recommend a fast action rod in this case.

The six weight rod should be stiffer to handle larger nymphs and streamers. It should be
eight and a half to nine foot in length, in a medium to fast action.

Fly Reel:
The reel for the light line, the 3 weight, just needs to be light. The reel for the five weight rod
should have a good drag. You don't want to hang one of the North Platte's large trout only
to loose it because of a poor drag. It should be smooth and adjust to fine increments. The
reel for the 6 weight line should fit the same description as the 5 weight.

You should probably be using at least a 9 foot leader anywhere you fish the North Platte
River. On occasions you may need to use a 12 leader. You should have them in sizes
ranging from 2X for streamers, up to 7X for small dry flies and midge, larva, pupa and adult

Make sure you carry extra tippet in sizes ranging from 2X to 7X.

There are places you could fish the North Fork of the Platte river without waders or from the
bank. The small tributary streams would be difficult to access without waders. I wouldn't
think about seriously fishing the larger waters without them.

Wading Boots:
Felt soles would be our choice. The new rubber soles may work well. We haven't tried them
there yet. Dinymo has been confirmed in this stream.

We recommend  "Perfect Fly" Trout Flies. Our imitations are very effective on this stream.
Our mayfly, caddisfly and stonefly imitations have proven especially effective here. We have
imitations of every aquatic and terrestrial insect in or on the North Platte River. If you
haven't already tried our flies, you certainly should. You will not be disappointed.
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