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Fly Fishing Gear for the Elk River Colorado
If you fished only the upper headwater section of the stream, you may prefer a 4 weight
line or even lighter fly line. The lower Elk River has some larger trout. The ideal fly line size
is probably a 5 weight, floating fly line. Many anglers would prefer something heavier for
large nymphs and streamers. A 6 weight fly line would deliver most of the streamers and
heavy nymphs better than the 5 weight. You may want to use a sinking tip line for the
You would want a fly rod to handle each of the above line sizes if you chose to use them.
The four, five and six weight rods would be ideal at a length of nine feet. We think a
medium fast to a fast action would be best for all three rods.
The reels for either the 4, 5 or 6 weight fly lines should have good drags. They should be
smooth and adjust to fine increments. You don't want to hook one of the Elk River's big
rainbow trout and end up with a broken tippet because you had a less than adequate fly
You should be using at least a seven and a half feet leader anywhere on the Elk River. A
nine foot length would probably be the best all around length. There are situations where
a 12 foot leader would come in handy. The only exception would be when you are fishing
streamers. You may want a shorter leader in that case. Make sure you have leaders in
sizes ranging from 0X for streamers, up to 6X for small midge flies.
You should carry plenty of extra tippet in sizes ranging from 0X to 6X.
Waders are necessary just about anywhere you fish the Elk River. We prefer the
breathable type but you may need neoprene waders if you are fishing during the winter.
Felt soles would be our choice.
The use of a wading staff would be an optional accessory you may want to consider
We suggest a landing net but they are purely optional.
As always, we recommend "Perfect Fly" trout flies. We have specific imitations of every
insect trout eat that exist on this stream. If you haven't already tried "Perfect Flies", we ask
that you give them a try. You want be disappointed.
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Elk River Colorado
Recommended Tackle & Gear
4, 5 or 6 weight
Dry fly: 9 &12 ft., 5 or 6X, Nymphing:
71/2 ft., 3 or 4X, Streamers 0-2X
Dry fly: 5 or 6X, Nymphing: 3 or 4X,
Best Fly Rod:
Perfect Fly Supreme Four, Superb Five
or Ultimate Six
For 4/5/6 fly line
Fly Floatants and Misc Items:
Loon Floatants, KISS Strike Indicators
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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