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Fly Fishing Gear, Tackle and Trout Flies - Laurel Fork Virginia
You only need a light, floating fly line to catch the native brook trout. Most likely you will
be using small and most likely, dry flies, for the brook trout. We would say the ideal fly
line size would be a 3 weight, floating fly line. If you fish nymphs and small streamers, I
would say a 4 weight fly line would deliver them better.
The length of the 3 weight rod could be anywhere from six and a half feet up to eight
feet. A slow to moderate action would be best. The four weight rod should be between
eight and nine feet in length with a medium action.
The reel for the light 3 weight line or the 4 weight fly line isn't all that important as long
as it's light.
You should probably be using at least a seven and one-half foot leader. Most of the
time you would probably want to go up to nine feet. I would suggest having them in sizes
ranging from 3X for streamers, up to 6X for small dry flies, in both the 7 and one-half
and the 9 foot lengths.
Make sure you have plenty of extra tippet material in sizes ranging from 3X to 6X.
Waders are not absolutely necessary for fly fishing Laurel Creek but we would
recommend them. You can wet wade the stream during the summer and you would not
have to use them at that time. Hip waders may be okay when the water is low.
Much of the bottom is either gravel, sand or rock. You would not want cleats. Felt soles
are the best for traction.
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