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Fly Fishing Gear, Tackle and Trout Flies - Lackawanna River
We recommend a 4 or 5 weight, floating fly line for dry flies and lighter nymphs and a 6 weight
fly floating fly line for heavier nymphs and streamers. You could easily get by with one 5 weight
floating fly line.
Leaders should range in sizes from a 0X for streamers up to a 6X for midges and small dry
flies. Lengths ranging from seven and one-half feet, up to 12 feet in length are suggested.
Extra tippet material ranging from 0X to 6X should be available for the leaders we list above.
We recommend a fast action fly rod, nine feet in length for all three weights of fly lines.
The fly reels you use for the 4, 5 or 6 weight lines, if you choose to use them all, should be
light and have good drags. You are subject to hook a large trout in the Lackawanna River and
you don't want to loose it because of a lousy drag.
We recommend waders. There are few places you could fish without them. We prefer the
breathable type but you could use neoprene waders during the winter if you preferred.
We recommend felt soles for your wading boots. You may want to consider the new rubber
sole boots that help prevent the spread of Didymo but we have not tested them on this stream.
We recommend "Perfect Fly" Trout Flies. We have specific imitations of everything that exist
in the Lackawanna River that the trout eat. The flies are not only as realistic as you will find on
the commercial market, they are the most effective at catching trout. Our imitations of specific
species of mayfly nymphs emergers, duns and spinners are very effective.. If you haven't
done so already, please give them a try.
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Recommended Tackle & Gear
4, 5 or 6 weight
Dry fly: 9 to 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.
Perfect Fly Cinnamon Sedge
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