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Fly Fishing Gear, Tackle and Trout flies for the Crooked River
We recommend a 4, 5, or 6 weight, floating fly line for most of the fishing. Sinking, sinking tip
and other type lines could be used for specific applications.
You would want a fly rod to handle each of the above line sizes. The 4, 5 and 6 weight fly
rods should be nine feet long. We would prefer a medium fast to fast action.
The reels for the 4, 5 or 6 weight lines should have good drags. They should be smooth and
adjust to fine increments.
You should be using at least a seven foot leader. A nine foot length would probably be the
best all around length. There are situations where 12 foot leaders may be needed. The only
exception would be when you are fishing streamers. You may want a shorter leader in that
case. You should have leaders in sizes ranging from 0X for streamers, up to 6X for small flies
like small BWOs and midges.
Carry extra tippet in sizes ranging from 0X to 6X.
Waders are necessary just about anywhere you fish the river. There are areas you could fish
from the banks, but you would be at a disadvantage many places. 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 a purely optional accessory.
You certainly would want to consider a landing net. There are some nice size brown trout in
the Crooked River.
We always recommend our "Perfect Fly" Flies. We have specific imitations of every important
insect that hatches on the Crooked River. Our flies are the most realistic and most effective
imitations you can buy. If you haven't already done so, we hope you give them an opportunity
to perform for you. You'll be glad you did.
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Photo Courtesy of
Crooked River, Oregon
Note: This image taken downstream of the canyon area
Recommended Tackle & Gear
4, 5 or 6 weight
Dry fly: 9 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.