Copyright 2014 James Marsh
Fly Fishing Gear, Tackle and Trout Flies for the Raven Fork,
North Carolina
Fly Line:
The Raven Fork has some large trout, especially in the trophy section. The ideal fly line
size would probably be a 5 weight, floating fly line. You could probably get by with just
this one fly line size. Some anglers would prefer something heavier for large nymphs
and streamers. A 6 weight fly line would deliver most of the streamers and  nymphs
better than the 5 weight. You may want to use a sinking tip line for the streamers.

Fly Rod:
You would want a fly rod to handle both the above line sizes.  The rods would be ideal
at a length of nine feet. We think a medium to medium fast action would be best.

Fly Reel:
The reels for the 5 or 6 weight lines should have good drags. They should be smooth
and adjust to fine increments.

You should be using at least a seven foot leader anywhere on the Raven Fork. Shorter
lengths work best for the pocket water. A nine foot length would probably be the best all
around length. The only exception would be when you are fishing streamers. You may
want a shorter leader in that case. Make sure you have leaders in sizes ranging from
0X for streamers, up to 6X in the non-trophy sections.

You should also have plenty of extra tippet in sizes ranging from 0X to 6X.

Waders are necessary just about anywhere you fish the lower section of the river. We
prefer the breathable type but you may need neoprene waders if you are fishing during
the winter. It is possible to fish from the bank in some areas.

Wading Boots:
Felt soles would be our choice. The new rubber soles may work well but we have not
tried them on this stream.

Wading Staff:
The use of a wading staff would be optional.

Landing Net:
You shouldn't try fishing the Raven Fork without a landing net. If you don't use one, you
will probably hook the largest trout in the river.

Trout Flies:
We always recommend "Perfect Fly" trout flies. We have specific imitations of every
important insect that exist on the Raven Fork. If you haven't already done so,
please give them a try. We guarantee you want be disappointed.
Raven Fork
North Carolina
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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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