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Big Bonito Creek Arizona Fly Fishing Guide - Gear, Tackle and Flies
If you fish the headwater streams you will probably want to use a lighter fly line. An ideal fly
line size for that would be a 4 weight, floating fly line. If you fish the middle to lower sections
you would probably want a 5 or 6 weight floating fly line. 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 necessary.
We suggest a rod for the 4, 5 and 6 weight lines, provided you use all three line sizes. The
length of the rods should be 9 feet in our opinion. We think a moderately fast to fast action is
The reels for the 4, 5 and 6 weight lines should be light and have good drags. A disc drag
that adjust in fine increments would be best. Big Bonito has some nice size trout and you
don't want to end up breaking your tippet because you used a reel with a low quality drag.
You should probably be using at least a 7 and half foot leader anywhere you fish the Big
Bonito Creek. 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. Short leaders may be preferred when you are
You should have extra tippet in sizes ranging from 1X to 6X.
Waders are necessary for fishing Big Bonito Creek.
Much of the bottom in either gravel, sand or rock. You would not want cleats. Felt soles are
Perfect Flies are recommend because they are the best trout flies you can purchase. We
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Recommended Tackle & Gear
4, 5 or 6 weight
Dry fly: 9 &12 ft., 5 or 6X, Nymphing:
71/2 ft., 3 or 4X, Streamers 0-2X
Dry fly: 5 or 6X, Nymphing: 3 or 4X,
Best Fly Rods:
Perfect Fly Supreme Four, Superb Five
or Ultimate Six
For 4/5/6 fly line
Fly Floatants and Misc Items:
Floatants, KISS Strike Indicators
Tools & Accessories:
Nippers, forceps, retractors, etc.