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San Joaquin River California Fly Fishing Guide - Gear, Tackle and
The San Joaquin River is a huge river system that contains a variety of different types of
water. It has some large brown trout but most of the trout in the freestone streams are small
to average size. Covering every type of gear and tackle you may need would include a very
long list depending on the section of water you were fishing. We will try to generalize it as
much as we can but not include any specific requirements for long backpacking trips or long
hikes to the many lakes.
We recommend either a 5 or 6 weight, floating fly line for most of the fishing. You may want a
4 weight fly line for the smaller rainbows. There could be situations where you need a
sinking tip or sinking fly line but it would be for a specialized application in cold water.
We recommend a rod for the 4, 5 or 6 weight line that is nine feet in length in a medium fast
to fast action.
The reel for the four, five or six weight rod should have a decent drag. It should be smooth.
A disc drag that adjust in fine increments would be best.
You should use leaders from 71/2 foot to 12 foot in length on the San Joaquin River. I
suggest having them in sizes ranging from 0X for streamers, up to 6X for small dry flies and
midges, in the various lengths.
You should have extra tippet in sizes ranging from 0X to 6X.
Waders are necessary for the San Joaquin River. We prefer the breathable type. You may
want neoprene waders during cold weather.
Much of the bottom in either gravel, sand or rock. You would not want cleats. Felt soles are
Perfect Flies have proven to be effective on all of the Eastern Sierra streams. We have
several California customers who regularly use our flies on this stream. They closely imitate
all the real aquatic insects, crustaceans and terrestrials that are in the stream. We have
specific imitations of all the insects in all stages of life. If you haven't already tried them, we
certainly hope you will. We are confident you will find them highly effective.
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Recommended Tackle & Gear
4, 5 or 6 weight
Dry fly: 9 &12 ft., 5 or 6X, Nymphing: 71/2
ft., 3 or 4X, Streamers 0X
Dry fly: 5 or 6X, Nymphing: 3 or 4X,
Best Fly Rod:
Perfect Fly Supreme Four, Superb Five or
For 4/5/6 fly line
Fly Floatants and Misc Items:
Loon Floatants, KISS Strike Indicators
Tools & Accessories:
Nippers, forceps, retractors, etc.
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