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Fly Fishing Gear, Tackle and Trout Flies - Elk River Tailwater
Fly Line:
We recommend either 5 or 6 weight fly line for the Elk River Tailwater in Tennessee.
You only mostly only need a floating fly line. You may want a sinking tip line for some
streamer fishing.

Fly Rod:
We recommend either a 5 or 6 weight fly rod for the respective line size you choose to
use. The 5 and 5 weight fly rod should med-fast to fast action and a 9 foot length.

Fly Reel:
The fly reel used for the 5 or 6 weight lines should have a very good drag. We prefer
disc drags but there are other types that will work as well. It should be smooth.

Leaders should size 0X to 6X and be from 9 to 12 feet long. Use shorter leaders for

You should have spare tippet in 0X and 6X. Some anglers prefer fluorocarbon but mono
is fine.

Waders are needed for fly fishing the Elk River. We prefer the breathable type.

Wading Boots:
Wading boots will be needed. Felt soles work best but you may want to consider the
new rubber soles.

Landing Net:
A landing net would be preferred by most anglers but its not absolutely necessary.

Trout Flies:
Perfect Flies are recommend because they are the best trout flies you can purchase.
We have specific imitations of every food that exist in Elk River. If you haven't already
tried Perfect Flies, we certainly hope you will give them a try. You'll find our streamers
and other flies are very effective on the large brown trout in this stream. Our scud fly
patterns are also very effective.
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