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Black River Arizona Fly Fishing Guide - Gear, Tackle and Flies
Most likely you will be using mostly small and most likely, dry flies for the Apache trout. We
would say the ideal fly line size would be a 4 weight, floating fly line. If you fish heavy
nymphs and small streamers, you may prefer a 5 weight fly line to deliver the larger flies. A
6 weight line would be best for fishing larger size streamers and large nymphs.
Depending on which fly line sizes you prefer, then you would want a fly rod for each line
size you chose. The four, five and six weight fly rods should be nine feet in length with a
medium fast to fast action.
The reels for the four, five and six weight fly rods should be as light as possible and have
You should probably be using at least a 7 and one half foot leader. Most of the time you
would probably want to use a 9 foot leader. I would suggest having them in sizes ranging
from 1X for streamers, up to 6X for small dry fly imitations in both the 7and one half and
nine foot lengths.
Make sure you have plenty of extra tippet material in sizes ranging from 1X to 6X.
Waders would be necessary for the Black River unless it is warm enough for you to wet
wade. We recommend the breathable type.
Most of the bottom is rock. You would not want cleats. Felt soles are the best. We haven't
tried the new rubber soles on this stream yet, but we would think they would work just fine.
There is little algae in the stream.
A landing net would be a purely optional item.
Perfect Flies are recommend because they are the best trout flies you can purchase. We
have specific imitations of every food that exist in the Black River. If you haven't already
tried Perfect Flies, we certainly hope you will. You want be disappointed.
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