Copyright 2013 James Marsh
Fly Fishing Tackle, Gear and Trout Flies for the South Fork of the
Root River in Minnesota
This is a small creek in most of the upper areas but don't let its size fool you.  It contains some  
large brown trout and you don't want to hook one with too light of tackle.

Fly Line:
We suggest either a 4 or 5 weight fly line for most of the fly-fishing.  We recommend a 6 weight
line for streamers.

Fly Rod:
You should have a fly rod for each of the above line sizes. The four or five weight rod should
be nine feet in length. A medium fast to fast action would be our suggestion. The 6 weight
streamer rod would be best in a nine foot length and a medium fast to fast action.

Fly Reel:
The reel for either of the three rods should have a good drag. You don't want to hang a large
trout and loose it because of a lousy drag.

You should use at least a 71/2 foot leader anywhere and anytime on the Root River. A twelve
foot length may be wise in some situations. You should have them in sizes ranging from 2X for
streamers, up to 6X for small dry flies.

Carry extra tippet material in sizes ranging from 2X to 6X.

You should not wade unless it is necessary to get the fly to places the trout may be feeding or
hiding. However, you do suggest you wear them.

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

We recommend "Perfect Fly" trout flies. Our imitations are the most realistic trout flies that are
commercially available. We have specific imitations of all the major insects that exist in
the Root River. We hope you give them a try.
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South Fork of the Root
River, Minnesota
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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