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Fly Fishing Gear for the Upper Connecticut River New Hampshire

The gear you need doesn't really vary that much even though there are a lot of different
species of trout and landlocked salmon.
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 were fishing specifically for brook trout but they can run rather
large. Some anglers may prefer a seven weight line for the streamer fishing for salmon but it
isn't really necessary. You could use a shooting head line for the large streamers.
You should have leaders ranging from size 2X for streamers up to 6X for small dry flies. They
should range from seven and one-half feet to nine feet in length.
You should have spare tippet material in the same sizes as the leaders mentioned above.
Fly Rods:
A six weight, nine foot long fly rod in a medium fast action would work quite well for just about
any of the fly fishing but I would suggest a five weight for the dry fly fishing. It should be a
medium action rod of eight and one half to nine feet in length. You could have a seven weight
rod for streamer fishing but I really wouldn't call it necessary You could also use a four weight
rod if your were strictly fishing for the brook trout.
Fly Reels:
The fly reel you use for the streamer rod should have a good disc drag. The Salmon can pull
plenty of line out as well as the better rainbow and brown trout. You could get by with a less
expensive and lighter fly reel for the brook trout but again, even those run large.
As I mentioned above, you can drift parts of the Upper Connecticut River and if so, you may
not want to carry or wear waders. Otherwise, and even if you do drift the lower section, I
would recommend waders.
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 suggest you look at our hatch chart for the Upper Connecticut River and select flies
based on the hatches shown for the time you will be fishing the river.
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