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Fly Fishing Gear, Tackle and Trout Flies - Elk Creek Pennsylvania
The fly line we recommend for Elk River steelhead fishing should be a 7 or 8 weight, floating
fly line. If you prefer to use a Spey rod, then the line should probably be a 9 weight line made
for Spey fishing.
Fly Line Weight:
Adding weight to your fly line is dependant on the flow and depth of the pools you are fishing.
You can add a sink tip line or split shot.
The fly rod we recommend for steelhead fishing is a 7 or 8 weight in a nine foot length. It is
probably best in a medium fast to fast action.
If you prefer to use a Spey Rod, then we suggest a 9 weight, 14 foot length rod. It should be a
medium to fast action rod. The five or six weight rod for sea-run cutts should be a fast action
or medium fast action, nine foot rod.
You want a stiff, hard leader material like our Perfect Fly leaders. The size should range from
a minimum of ten pound test up to twelve pound test. They should be nine to fifteen feet long
for a regular fly rod and from ten and a half to fifteen feet for two handed Spey rods. If you use
a sinking fly line, you would want them only about four to six feet long. We have hand-tied
Perfect Fly steelhead leaders.
You want to carry plenty of extra tippet material for ten to twelve pound test. It too should be
hard, stiff material that is abrasive resistance.
Unless you want to fish from the banks in the few areas it is practical, then waders are
The wading boots you use are very important. Both cleats and rubber/felt bottoms are used.
A landing net is recommended. The main requirement is that the net should be very large. The
net area should be at least 15 inches wide by 20 inches long. The overall length is usually
around 32 inches.
We have a complete line of flies for steelhead. We have selected them as the most popular
flies from thousands of patterns that have been developed over the years. We have some of
our own Perfect Fly steelhead and salmon patterns. They imitate the hexigenia mayfly nymph,
certain caddisfly nymphs, stonefly nymphs and fish roe or eggs that are found in the river
throughout the year. We also have a full line of popular wet flies, egg flies, Spey flies that are
very popular. We have regular customers who use our steelhead and salmon flies on Elk
Creek who won't use anything else.
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Recommended Tackle & Gear
For Steelhead and Salmon
7, 8 , 9 or 10 weight for appropriate type
rod, sinking, sinking tip and floating
10#, 12# in 9 to 15 feet lengths
10# and 12#
Best Fly Rods:
Perfect Fly 7, 8, 9 and 10 ft. single hand
For 7 to 10 weight lines
Fly Floatants and Misc Items:
KISS Strike Indicators, Lanyards, etc.
Tools & Accessories:
Nippers, forceps, retractors, etc.
|Options For Selecting Flies:
1. Email us (email@example.com)
with the dates you will be fishing this
stream and we will send you a list of our
fly suggestions. Please allow up to 24
hours for a response.
2. Call us 800-594-4726 and we will help
you decide which flies you need.
3. Email us (firstname.lastname@example.org)
with a budget for flies and we will select
them to match the budget and get them to
you in time for your fly fishing trip.
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