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Fly Fishing Gear and Trout Flies for the Delaware River New York
Keep in mind the Delaware River is a very long trout stream divided into three main sections.
It has small brook trout and large brown trout and rainbow trout, so the gear you use
depends greatly on what you are going to target. We will try to cover it all.
For the brown and rainbow trout, we suggest a 5 weight fly line. It 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. You may want to use a sinking tip line for some
We recommend a nine foot long fly rod for the 5 and 6 weight lines. A moderately fast to fast
action would be our preference.
The reels for the 5 and 6 weight rods should have good drags. They should be smooth and
adjust to fine increments. There are some big brown and rainbow trout in the Delaware River
and you don't want to loose one because of an inadequate drag.
You should probably use at least a 7 1/2 foot leader anywhere you fish. In some situations
you may need to use a 12 leader or even longer including the tippet. We suggest you have
them in sizes ranging from a 0X for streamers, up to 6X for small dry flies.
You should have extra tippet material in sizes ranging from 0X to 6X.
I would not want to fish the Delaware River anywhere without waders. We prefer breathable
Felt soles would be our choice for wading boots.
A wading staff would be optional. It certainly doesn't hurt to have one and we recommend it
be used. These are tailwaters subject to dam discharges.
We recommend "Perfect Fly" Trout Flies. We have specific imitations of every important
insect that hatches on the Delaware River. It is best to use the hatch chart and select the flies
to use for the period of time you will be fishing. Our flies are the most realistic imitations you
can buy as well as the most effective imitations you can buy.
If you are unsure about what you should be fishing, send us and email about a week in
advance of your trip and we will help you select them. You can also call us on our
800-594-4726 number. Please give them a try. You will be glad you did.
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