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Fly Fishing Gear and Trout Flies for the Upper Sacramento River
Fly Lines:
If you want to enjoy the small trout in the headwaters and small tributary streams you
may want to use a light fly line to catch them. Certainly you will be using small and most
likely, dry flies for the smaller trout. We would say the ideal fly line size would be a 4
weight, floating fly line but you could use an even lighter line.

A 5 weight fly line would deliver the flies that are ideal for most of the fly fishing in the
Upper Sacramento River. If you fish streamers and nymphs, then we would suggest you
go to a 6 weight fly line. You may want to consider using a sinking tip line for streamers.

Fly Rods:
You would want a fly rod to handle each of the above fly line sizes you chose to fish.  We
think the best length of either fly rod is nine feet. We recommend them in a moderately
fast to fast action.  

Fly Reels:
The reels for the 4, 5 and 6 weight fly lines should be ligth and have good drags. They
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
Sacramento River unless you are fishing streamers. There are several situations where
you may want to go up to 12 feet. You should have leaders ranging in sizes ranging from
0X for streamers, up to 6X for small dry flies.

You would want to have extra tippet in sizes ranging from 0X to 6X.

Waders are necessary in most places. We prefer the breathable type but you may need
neoprene waders if you are fishing during the winter.

Wading Boots:
Felt soles would be our first choice.

Wading Staff:
We would call a wading staff an optional item you may want to consider.

Trout Flies:
We recommend our "Perfect Fly" Trout Flies. We have specific imitations of every
important insect that hatches on the Upper Sacramento River. The trout can become
selective during several of the aquatic insect hatches. It is best to use the hatch chart
and select the flies to use for the period of time you will be fishing. If you haven't already
done so, we invite you to try our "Perfect Flies". We have many satisfied anglers that
have used them on the Sacramento River. We are confident you'll be glad you did. They
are the most realistic and effective imitations of aquatic and terrestrial insects you can
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with the dates you will be fishing this
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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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