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Fly Fishing Gear, Tackle and Trout Flies - Loyalhanna Creek

Fly Line:
We are recommending a 4 or 5 weight, floating fly line for most of the fishing on Loyalhanna
Creek. Some anglers would prefer a 6 weight fly floating fly line for heavier nymphs and

Leaders should range in sizes from a 0X for streamers up to a 6X for midges and small dry
flies. Lengths ranging from nine feet up to twelve feet in length are suggested.

Extra tippet material ranging from 0X to 6X should be available for the leaders we list above.

Fly Rods:
We suggest either a 4, 5 or 6 weight fly rod for each line size you choose to fish.  It should
have a medium fast to fast action and be nine feet in length.

Fly Reels:
The fly reel you use for the 4, 5 or 6 weight line should be light and have good drags,  
preferably disc drags. Loyalhanna Creek has some very nice size holdover trout and you don't
want to loose a nice trout because of a poor or rough operating drag.

I wouldn't want to wade without waders even if the water was warm enough.

Wading Boots:
Felt soles would be our choice. The new rubber soles may work well. We haven't tried them
there yet.

Wading Staff:
The water is not really bad enough for us to say a wading staff should be used. We would call
it optional.

Landing Net:
A landing net would be purely optional.

Trout Flies:
We recommend "Perfect Flies" because we think they are the best flies you can purchase.
They have been tested in all the trout streams of Pennsylvania, including Loyalhanna Creek.
They are not only the most realistic flies you can buy, they are the most effective ones you can
use. You will find the holdover brown trout to be very selective as to species of aquatic insects
they are feeding on. Matching the hatch may be necessary
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them to match the budget and get them to
you in time for your fly fishing trip.

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