Big Flat Brook
Photo Courtesy of
Dennis McCarthy
Copyright 2015 James Marsh
Fly Fishing Gear for Big Flat Brook River New Jersey
An angler could do well fishing the Big Flat Brook River using only a 5 weight outfit for both
their dry fly and nymph fishing. That would even work for smaller streamers. However, to be
more versatile and better equipped, we suggest the following:

Fly Line:
There are many anglers who prefer to use a 4 weight floating fly line for all of their dry fly
fishing. As we just mentioned, a 5 weight floating fly line would probably work for about
everything. For fishing larger nymphs and steamers, many anglers would prefer a 6 weight
floating fly line. Certainly, these three line sizes would handle all of the flies you would want
to fish and any of the trout you may catch in the Big Flat Brook River.

Fly Rods:
You would want a rod for each of the above line sizes you choose to use. We recommend a
medium fast to fast action fly rod nine feet in length for the four, five and six weight rods.

Fly Reels:
You would probably want a reel (or at least an additional spool) for each line size you use.
We prefer lighter fly reels with good drags. You don’t want to hang a good trout and lose it
because of a poor drag.  

You may want to use a seven and a half foot leader in the fast pocket water in the upper
part of the stream. A 9 foot leader would probably be best for most situations. There would
be places and times a 12 foot leader may be necessary, such as the Trico hatch. For
streamer fishing, many anglers prefer shorter, 3 to 4 foot leaders.

We suggest having extra tippet material in sizes ranging from a 0X size for streamers up to
a 6X size for small flies such as the Tricos and midges.

You would want to use waders although there are a few places you could fish from the
bank. We suggest you only wade when it is necessary to get the fly where you want it to go.
We prefer the breathable type.

Wading Boots:
We recommend felt soles for this stream.

Landing Net:
A landing net is recommended although it is purely optional.

Wading Staff:
A wading staff could always come in handle in certain situations. It would be purely optional.

Trout Flies:
We recommend “Perfect Fly” trout flies. We have specific imitations of every important
insect that exist on the Big Flat Brook River. It is best to email us or call us so we can help
you select the flies to use for the specific insects that will be hatching when you are fishing.
We have many customers who use Perfect Flies on this stream. If you haven't already done
so, please give our flies an opportunity to work for you.
Big Flat Brook
New Jersey
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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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