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Fly Fishing Guide for the Merced River in California - Gear, Tackle
We recommend either a 4, 5 or 6 weight floating fly line for fly fishing the Merced River. The
6 weight line is recommended for nymph and streamers. There could be situations where
you need a sinking tip or sinking fly line but it would be for a specialized application.
Your 4, 5 or 6 weight line should be on a fly rod that's 9 feet in length with a medium fast to
The fly reels used should be for either the 4, 5 or 6 weight lines should have a good drag.
We prefer disc drags but there are other types that will work as well.
Leaders should be a size 0X to 6X and range from 71/2 to 12 feet in length.
You should have spare tippet in 0X to 6X.
Waders are necessary. We recommend the breathable type. If you fish during the cold
season, you may want to use neoprene waders.
Wading boots can be felt but that's subject to change to rubber or non-felt soles.
A landing net is strictly optional but we do recommend using one.
Perfect Flies would be your best possible choice for the Merced River. It has a very diverse
population of mayflies, caddisflies and stoneflies. Perfect Flies closely imitate all the real
aquatic insects, crustaceans and terrestrials that are found on and in the stream. We have
specific imitations of all the insects in all stages of life that exist on the Merced River. If you
haven't already tried them, we hope you will. Give us a call or email and we can help you
make your selections.
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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.
Perfect FlyLittle Yellow Stonefly
|Options For Selecting Flies:
1. Email us (firstname.lastname@example.org)
with the dates you will be fishing this
stream and we will send you a list of our
fly suggestions. Please allow up to 24
hours for a response.
2. Call us 800-594-4726 and we will help
you decide which flies you need.
3. Email us (email@example.com)
with a budget for flies and we will select
them to match the budget and get them to
you in time for your fly fishing trip.
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