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Fly Fishing Gear, Tackle and Trout Flies for the Dan River Virginia
We suggest either a 4 weight or lighter, floating fly line for the brook trout fishing. A 5 weight
floating fly line should probably be used in most areas other than the headwaters. If you fish
larger nymphs or streamers, a 6 weight floating fly line will come in handy.
The four weight rod should be between eight and nine feet in length with a medium
action. You may want to use a shorter length but we like the length for making roll cast in
tight quarters. The five weight fly rod should be between eight and a half and nine feet long
in a medium to fast action. The six weight fly rod should be 9 feet in length and have a
medium fast to fast action.
The reel for the brook trout rod isn't important as long as it is light. There would be nothing
wrong with a clicker drag. Reels for both the 5 and 6 weight lines should have good drags.
We prefer disc drags. There are some large brown trout in some sections of the Dan River.
You should use at least a 9 foot leader in most areas. Shorter leaders may be used for
streamers and the small headwater streams. You should have them in sizes ranging from 2X
for streamers, up to 6X for small dry flies.
You should carry extra tippet material in sizes ranging from 2X to 6X.
We do suggest waders for the Dan River. You will need them in most areas.
Felt soles would be our first choice. If you are concerned about the spread of Didymo, the
new rubber soles may be your choice.
We recommend "Perfect Fly" Trout Flies. Our mayfly, caddisfly and stonefly imitations are
the most realistic imitations commercially available. We also have high quality but low priced
generic and attractor flies but you will find the trout can be selective to the most available
and plentiful insects.
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