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Fly Fishing Gear, Tackle and Trout Flies - The Dearborn River
The ideal fly line for the upper section of the Dearborn River would be a 4 weight or lighter,
floating fly line. If you fish for the brown and rainbow trout in the larger portions of the river,
then we suggest something larger, of course. A 5 weight fly line would deliver most flies that
are ideal for most of the fly fishing. If you fish streamers and larger nymphs, then you should
consider using a 6 weight, floating fly line.
For the smaller size rainbow and cutthroat trout, we recommend a 4 weight, eight to eight and
one half foot, slow to medium action fly rod. For the five weight line, we would recommend a 5
weight, eight and one-half to nine foot, medium to medium fast action fly rod. The rod for the 6
weight line should be from eight and a half to nine foot long, in a medium fast to fast action. A
slightly heavier tip comes in handy for larger nymphs.
The reel for the 4 weight line isn't all that important as long as it is light and holds the line. The
reel for the 5 and 6 weight lines should have a good drag. It should be smooth and adjust to
You should probably use at least a 9 foot leader anywhere you fish the Dearborn River. In
some situations you may need to use a 12 foot leader. We suggest you have them in sizes
ranging from a 1X for streamers, up to 7X for small dry flies.
You should have extra tippet material in sizes ranging from 1X to 7X.
I would not want to fish the Dearborn River without waders.
Felt soles would be our choice for wading boots. The new rubber soles may work well. We
haven't tried them there yet.
A wading staff would be optional. It certainly doesn't hurt to have one with high water.
A landing net would be recommended but not necessary.
We always recommend our own "Perfect Fly" Trout Flies. We have specific imitations of every
important insect that hatches on the Dearborn River. Our flies are the most realistic imitations
you can buy as well as the most effective imitations you can obtain. If you haven't already tried
them, we certainly hope you do.
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