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Fly Fishing Gear, Tackle and Trout Flies - Middle Saluda River South
Carolina
Fly Line:
We recommend a 5 weight, floating fly line for most all of the fly-fishing. We recommend a 6
weight, floating fly line for nymph fishing and streamers. There are some larger size trout that
are stocked in this stream.

Fly Rod:
The five weight rod should be between eight and nine feet in length. A medium to moderate
action would be our choice. The 6 weight rod would be best in a nine foot length and a medium
fast action. A slightly stiffer tip would help with the nymphs and streamers.

Fly Reel:
The reel for either of these two rods should have a good drag.  Disc drags would be preferred.

Leaders:
You should be using at least a 9 foot leader on the Blue River. A twelve foot length or even
longer length may be the right choice in some situations where the water is smooth. You
should have them in sizes ranging from 1X for streamers, up to 6X for small dry flies. I wouldn't
go any lighter on this stream.

Tippet:
Carry extra tippet material in sizes ranging from 1X to 6X.

Waders:
We suggest you wear waders or hip boots anytime you fish the Blue River. We prefer the
breathable type but the neoprene ones can help keep you warm if you fish during the cold
season.

Wading Boots:
Felt soles would be our first choice. The new rubber soles may also work well.

Flies:
We recommend "Perfect Fly" Trout Flies.  Our imitations of specific species of mayfly nymphs
emergers, duns and spinners are very effective. We also have all the standard, low priced
generic and attractor type trout flies. Be sure to have some larger size nymphs and some
streamers.
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