North Branch Potomac River
North Branch Potomac River
Copyright 2015 James Marsh
Fly Fishing Tackle, Gear and Trout Flies for the Potomac River,
North Branch, Maryland
The tailwater section of this stream has some big trout in it, so you don't want to fish with too
light of a fly rod and tippet. It is not unusual to see trout caught up to eighteen inches or even

Fly Line:
We suggest either a 4 or 5 weight fly line for most of the fly-fishing. You may want to use a 6
weight line for heavy nymphs and streamers. If you are fishing only the headwaters, you may
consider using only one fly line size. We would suggest a 6 weight floating fly line in that case.

Fly Rod:
You would want a fly rod to handle each of the above line sizes. The fly rods should be nine
feet in length in our opinion. A medium to moderately fast action would be best.

Fly Reel:
The reel for the four, five or six weight rod should have a good drag. You don't want to hang a
large trout and loose it because of a poor drag. It should be smooth and adjust to fine

You should probably be using at least a 7 1/2 foot leader anywhere you fish on the North
Branch of the Potomac River. You should have them in sizes ranging from 0X for streamers,
up to 6X for small midge imitations.

Be sure to carry extra tippet material matching your leader sizes ranging from 0X to 6X.

I would definitely suggest waders because there are few places you can fish from the banks.

Wading Boots:
Felt soles would be our choice. The new rubber soles may work well. We haven't tried them
there yet.

We always recommend our "Perfect Fly" Trout Flies, not only because we sell them but also
because they are the best flies you can buy.  Our imitations have proven effective on this
stream. We have several customers who regularly fish the Potomac River that use nothing us
but Perfect Flies. They are especially effective on the large, wild brown trout.
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Potomac River, Maryland
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