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Smith River Virginia Brown trout
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Fly Fishing Gear, Tackle and Trout Flies for the Smith River
The tailwater section of this stream has some big 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 brown trout caught over
eighteen inches and larger.

Fly Line:
We suggest a 5 weight fly line for most of the fly-fishing. You may want to use a 6
weight line for heavy nymphs and streamers.

Fly Line:
We suggest a 5 weight, floating fly line for most of the fly-fishing. You could use a 4
weight line for dry fly fishing but we don't recommend it. You should use a 6 weight
floating fly line for heavy nymphs and streamers.

Fly Rod:
The four, five and six weight rod should be nine feet in length. A medium to moderately
fast action would be best.

Fly Reel:
The reel for the five and six weight rods 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.

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

Be sure to carry extra tippet material matching your leader sizes ranging from 0X to 6X.

We definitely recommend 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 always recommend our "Perfect Fly" Trout Flies. Our imitations are very effective
on this stream. The holdover and wild trout can become very selective in the Smith
River and matching what's most plentiful and available at the time is key. We have
specific imitations of all the important terrestrial and aquatic insects in all stages of life
that are applicable. If you haven't already tried them, we hope you will. You won't be
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2. Call us 800-594-4726 and we will help
you decide which flies you need.

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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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