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Fly Fishing Guide for the Tuolumne River in California - Gear,
Tackle and Flies
The Tuolumne River is a very diverse trout stream consisting of freestone and tailwater
sections. The gear and tackle you need varies depending on where and how you are fishing
the river.

Fly Line:
You probably should have a 4 or 5 weight fly line for your dry fly fishing on theTuolumne
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 wouldn't be absolutely

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

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

You should use leaders from 71/2 foot to 12 foot in length on the Tuolumne River. I suggest
having them in sizes ranging from 0X for streamers, up to 6X for small dry flies and midges,
in the various lengths.

You should have extra tippet in sizes ranging from 0X to 6X.

Waders are necessary for the Tuolumne River. We prefer the breathable type. You may
want neoprene waders during cold weather.

Wading Boots:
Much of the bottom in either gravel, sand or rock. You would not want cleats. Felt soles are
the best.

Trout Flies:
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They have been tested on the Tuolumne River and have proven very effective there. We
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