Copyright 2015 James Marsh
Fly Fishing Gear, Tackle and Trout Flies for the Donner and Blitzen
River Oregon

Fly Line:
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.

Fly Rod:
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.

Fly Reel:
The reels for the 4, 5 or 6 weight lines should have good drags. They should be smooth and
adjust to fine increments.

Leaders:
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.

Tippet:
Carry extra tippet in sizes ranging from 0X to 6X.

Waders:
Waders are necessary just about anywhere you fish the river. We prefer the breathable type
but you may need neoprene waders if you are fishing during the winter.

Wading Boots:
Felt soles would be our choice.

Wading Staff:
The use of a wading staff would be a purely optional accessory.

Landing Net:
You certainly would want to consider a landing net. There are some nice size trout in the
Donner and Blitzen River. You probably know what will happen if your don't have one.


Trout Flies:
We always recommend our "Perfect Fly" trout flies. We have specific imitations of every
important insect that lives in the Donner and Blitzen River. Our flies are the most realistic and
most effective imitations you can buy. The simi-realistic imitations help overcome the
disadvantages of the clear spring creek water and the selective trout.  If you haven't already
done so, we hope you will give them an opportunity to perform for you. We are confident that
you will be glad you did.
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