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Fly Fishing Gear, Tackle and Trout Flies for Dry River Virginia
You would probably want a 3 or 4 weight fly line for your dry fly fishing on the Dry River. You
could get by using a 5 weight, floating fly line for everything.
I would suggest a rod for the 3 or 4 weight line and another for the 5 weight line if you
choose to use it. The three or four weight rod should be between eight and nine feet in
length, and a medium fast action would work best in our opinion.
The reel for the three or the four weight rod should be light and with a smooth drag. A disc
drag that adjust in fine increments would be best for the five weight line.
We recommend a 7 and half foot leader for the Dry River. There are situations where you
would want to go up to 9 feet. I would suggest having them in sizes ranging from 2X for
streamers, up to 7X for small dry flies and midges, in both the 7 and half and 9 foot lengths.
You should have extra tippet in sizes ranging from 2X to 7X.
Waders are not necessary in the summer for the Dry River but we would suggest them any
time it is too cold to wet wade.
Much of the bottom is rock, sand and gravel. Felt soles are the best.
We recommend "Perfect Flies". We think they are the best trout flies you can purchase. If
you haven't already tried them, we certainly hope you will. You want be disappointed. We
have imitations of every insect that hatches on the Dry River as well as a full line of
terrestrial patterns. You may also notice that we sell standard, generic and attractor flies at a
very low price.
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