South Branch Raritan River
South Branch Raritan River
Copyright 2015 James Marsh
Fly Fishing Gear, Tackle and Trout Flies for the South Branch of
Raritan River New Jersey

Fly Line:
Most of the fishing can be done with a five or six weight floating, weight forward fly line. You
could use a four weight if you wanted to stay on the lighter side. A floating fly line should
work during most of the season, but you may want a sinking tip fly line during the winter

You should have leaders ranging from size 0X for streamers up to 6X for small dry flies.
They should range from seven and one-half feet to twelve feet in length.

You should have spare tippet material in the same sizes as the leaders mentioned above.

Fly Rods:
The fly rod should be a medium fast to fast action. We think nine feet is the best length.

Fly Reels:
The fly reel should have a good disc drag. The larger holder and wild browns can pull
plenty of line out as well as the better rainbow trout.

Waders are necessary for fly fishing the South Branch of the Raritan River.

Wading Boots:
Felt soles work fine for this stream but you may want to consider the newer rubber soles to
help prevent the spread of didymo.

Wading Staff:
A wading staff may come in handy but it would be strictly optional.

We recommend "Perfect Flies". We think they are the best trout flies you can purchase.
They have been tested on the South Branch Raritan River and have proven very effective
there. The trout can be especially selective in the upper section of the river and I think you
will find our flies offer a big advantage. If you haven't already tried them, we certainly hope
you will. You want be disappointed.
South Branch
Raritan River
New Jersey
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Photo Courtesy of
Dennis McCarthy
Photo Courtesy of
Dennis McCarthy
Slate Drake nymph trout fly
Perfect Fly Slate Drake Nymph
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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U. S. Orders over $100 are shipped via
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