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Gear, Tackle and Trout Flies - Grande Ronde River Washington
The fly line we recommend for 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
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 the Grande Ronde River 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.
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
necessary. We suggest them even if you fish from a drift boat.
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 hope you will give our flies a try.
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