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Fly Fishing Gear and Trout Flies for the Big Wood River Idaho
This stream has some nice size trout in it. You don't want to fish with too light of a fly rod
and tippet. The rainbows go up too and even over eighteen inches and can take your fly
line down to the backing.
We suggest either a 4 or 5 weight fly line for most of the dry fly fishing. You may want to
use a 6 weight line for streamers and large nymphs.
You would want a fly rod to handle each of the above line sizes. The four, five and six
weight rods should be nine feet in length. A moderately fast to fast action would be best in
The reels for the four, five and six weight rods should have good disc drags. They should
be smooth and adjust to fine increments.
You should probably be using at least a 7 1/2 foot leader anywhere you fish on the Big
Wood River There are a few situations where you may want to go up to 12 feet. You
should have spare leaders in sizes ranging from 0X for streamers, up to 6X for small dry
The tippet material should range in sizes ranging from 0X to 6X.
Waders are recommended. We always prefer the breathable type unless you are fishing in
extremely cold water.
Felt soles would be our choice.
We always recommend "Perfect Fly" Trout Flies. These flies are far more realistic and very
effective on the Big Wood River. They work especially good where the trout see a lot of
other flies and where the trout can be very selective. If you haven't already tried them,
please do. We are sure you will be ordering more because over 95 % of our customers do.
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