Copyright 2015 James Marsh
Fly Fishing Gear, Tackle and Trout Flies for The South Fork Of
The Flathead River Montana
We recommend fly lines ranging from a 5 weight for dry flies to a six weight for nymphs and
You should have leaders ranging from a 9 foot tapered leader to a 12 foot in sizes from 0X
for streamers up to a 7X for midges and tiny flies. You may want some shorter streamer
Carry tippet ranging in sizes from 0x to 7X.
The fly rod for the 5 weight line should be nine feet long to assist in casting in the wind
normal for the South Fork Flathead River, in a medium fast action. The six weight should
be nine feet long in a medium fast action with a stiffer tip for nymphing.
Reels for the lines sizes you choose to use in the 5 and 6 weight line size should be light
and have good drags.
Waders are definitely recommended for the South Fork of the Flathead River. We prefer
the breathable type but neoprene may be better in cold weather.
Felt soled wading boots are our choice.
A landing net is recommended, but not a requirement.
Our "Perfect Flies" are the best ones you could possibly use for fly fishing the South Fork
Flathead River. We have flies to match every terrestrial and aquatic insect in all stages of
life. If you haven't done so already, please give them a try. You will be glad you did. Having
good imitations of the insects the trout see day in and day out is a big advantage.
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