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Fly Fishing Gear, Tackle and Trout Flies for the South River
Fly Line:
You would probably want a 4 or 5 weight fly line for your most of your fly fishing on the South
River's Delayed Harvest section and Upper South River Special Regulations Area.. 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 or 5 weight line and another for the 6 weight line if you
choose to use it. The four or five weight rod should be between eight and nine feet in length,
a medium to medium fast action would work best in our opinion.

If you choose to fish heavier nymphs and streamers on a six weight line then you would
probably want a fly rod that is a little on the stiff side.  It should be nine feet in a medium to a
medium fast action.

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

You should probably be using at least a 7 and a half foot leader anywhere you fish the
South 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 7X 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 7X.

Waders are necessary for the South River.

Wading Boots:
Much of the bottom in either gravel, sand or 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.  If
you haven't already tried them, we certainly hope you will. You want be disappointed. We
have imitations of every insect that hatches on  the South River as well as a full line of
terrestrial patterns. You may also notice that we sell standard, generic and attractor flies at a
very low price.
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