Copyright 2014 James Marsh
Fly Fishing Gear and Trout Flies for the Ruby River Montana
The tailwater section of this stream has some huge 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 over eighteen inches
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 5 weight floating fly line in
that case.

Fly Rod:
You would want a fly rod to handle each of the above line sizes. The four or five weight rod
should be between eight and nine feet in length. A medium to moderately fast action would
be best in our opinion. The 6 weight rod would be best in a nine foot length and a medium
fast to fast action.

Fly Reel:
The reel for the four or five weight rod should have a good drag. You don't want to hang a
large brown trout and 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

You should probably be using at least a 9 foot leader anywhere you fish on the Ruby River.
You should have them in sizes ranging from 0X for streamers, up to 6X for small midge

Be sure to carry extra tippet material in sizes ranging from 0X to 6X.

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

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 "Perfect Fly" Trout Flies. Our imitations are very effective on this
stream. Our stonefly imitations have proven especially effective here. We have specific
imitations of all mayflies, caddisflies, stoneflies and midges in all stages of life to match all
the insects in Ruby River.
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with the dates you will be fishing this
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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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