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Smith River Fly Fishing Guide - Gear, Tackle and Flies
The gear, tackle and flies you need depends on the species of fish you are targeting. Most
fly anglers target
Steelhead or Chinook Salmon in the Smith River. The steelhead and
are large and fight very hard. You need some big flies to catch them and this
heavier fly fishing gear than normal. The tackle recommended is for steelhead.

Fly Line:
We recommend either a 7 or 8 weight fly line. You need floating, sinking and sinking tip lines
depending on the water and location you are fishing. If you use a spey rod, a 7 to 9 weight
line would be needed.

Fly Rod:
We recommend either a 7 or 8 weight fly rod in a medium-fast to fast action that is from 9 to
10 foot in length. Spey rods should handle 7 to 9 weight fly lines and be from 10 to 14 foot in

Fly Reel:
The fly reel used should be for a 7 or 8 weight line and have a very good drag. We prefer
disc drags but there are other types that will work as well. It should be smooth and be
equipped with a large amount of backing. Large arbor reels work great. Of course, if you use
a spey rod in a 9 weight, you would need reel that would handle 9 weight line.

Leaders should size 2X and 3X and range from 10 to 15 feet in length.

You should have spare tippet in 2X and 3X. Some anglers prefer fluorocarbon but mono is

Waders are needed for fly fishing the Smith River even if you are fishing from a drift boat.
We prefer the breathable type but neoprene waders may be preferred during the cold winter

Wading Boots:
Wading boots should either by felt or studded soles.

Steelhead Flies:
Perfect Flies are the best flies you can buy for Smith River steelhead, sea-run cutthroat and
. Our nymphs and streamers are very effective at catching steehead and salmon. If
you haven't already tried Perfect Flies, we certainly hope you will. You want be disappointed.
Salmon flies, egg flies, and stonefly and  
other types of nymphs are effective depending on
the season and water you are fishing.
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