Copyright 2015 James Marsh
Fly Fishing Gear and Trout Flies for the Big Lost River Idaho
The Big Lost River has good size rainbow and brown trout. The ideal fly line size would
probably be a 5 weight, floating fly line. Many anglers would want to use a lighter fly line in
the headwater sections. A 4 weight would be fine there. You could get by with just the 5
weight fly line size everywhere. Some anglers would prefer something heavier for large
nymphs and streamers. A 6 weight fly line would deliver most of the streamers and heavy
nymphs better than the 5 weight. You may want to use a sinking tip line for the streamers
You would want a fly rod to handle each of the above line sizes. The four, five and six
weight fly rods should be nine feet in length in our opinion. We think a medium to medium
fast action are best.
The reels for the 4, 5 or 6 weight line should have good drags. They should be smooth
and adjust to fine increments. You don't want to hook one of the Big Lost River's big
rainbow trout and end up with a broken tippet.
You should be using at least a seven and one-half foot leader anywhere on the Big Lost
River. A nine foot length would probably be the best all around length. The only exception
would be when you are fishing streamers. You may want a shorter leader in that case. A
twelve foot leader comes in handy in some sections of the river. Make sure you have
leaders in sizes ranging from 0X for streamers, up to 6X for midge imitations.
You should also have plenty of extra tippet in sizes ranging from 0X to 6X.
Waders are necessary most anywhere you fish the Big Lost River. We prefer the
breathable type but you may need neoprene waders if you are fishing during the winter.
Felt soles would be our choice.
The use of a wading staff would be an optional accessory.
You should consider using a landing net. It may save that big rainbow from getting free at
the last few seconds of the fight.
We recommend "Perfect Fly" trout flies. We have specific imitations of every important
insect that exist on the Big Lost River. It is best to use the hatch chart and select the flies
to use for the specific insects that will be hatching when you are fishing. Please give them
a try. You want be disappointed.
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Big Lost River Idaho
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 Rod:
Perfect Fly Supreme Four, Superb Five
or Ultimate Six
For 4/5/6 fly line
Fly Floatants and Misc Items:
Loon Floatants, KISS Strike Indicators
Tools & Accessories:
Nippers, forceps, retractors, etc.
|Options For Selecting Flies:
1. Email us (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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 (email@example.com)
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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