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Fly Fishing Gear, Tackle and Trout Flies for the Little Schuylkill River
We are recommending a 4 weight, floating fly line but only if you want to go light. We
recommend a 5 weight, floating fly line for dry flies and lighter nymphs and a 6 weight, fly
floating fly line for heavier nymphs and streamers.
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 as large a trout as they are in the Little
Schuylkill 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.
As always we recommend "Perfect Fly" trout flies. We suggest you look at our hatch chart and
select the flies for the particular time of year you plan on fishing. You should have a good
selection of streamers for the brown trout. The flies you have for the aquatic insects
should vary depending on the time of the year you are fishing. There is no one particular insect
that is more important than any other one throughout the season. The trout can become
selective on certain insect hatches.
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