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Fly Fishing Gear, Tackle and Trout Flies for the South Mills River
North Carolina
Fly Line:
You would probably want a 4 or 5 weight fly line for fly fishing the South Mills River. You
could get by using a 5 weight floating fly line for everything. Many anglers that fish heavy
nymphs and streamers would want a 6 weight fly line but it would not be absolutely

Fly Rod:
I would suggest a rod for the 4, 5 or 6 weight lines that is nine feet in length, in a medium to
medium fast action.

Fly Reel:
The reel for the four, five or sixi weight rod should have a decent drag. It should be smooth.
A disc drag that adjust in fine increments would be best.

You should probably be using at least a 7 and half foot leader anywhere you fish the South
Mills River. There are situation where you would want to go up to 9 feet. I would suggest
having them in sizes ranging from 1X for streamers, up to 6X for small dry flies and midges,
in both the 7 and half and 9 foot lengths.

You should have extra tippet in sizes ranging from 1X to 6X.

Waders are necessary for the South Mills River unless the water is warm enough for you to
wet wade.

Wading Boots:
Much of the bottom in either gravel, sand or solid rock. You would not want cleats. Felt soles
are the best. We are testing the new rubber soles out and have no comment about them yet.

Trout Flies:
We recommend "Perfect Flies". We think they are the best trout flies you can purchase.
They have been tested on the South Mills River and have proven very effective there. If you
haven't already tried them, we certainly hope you will. You want be disappointed.
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