Gear, Tackle and Trout Flies - Methow River Washington
Steelhead and Salmon
Fly Line:
The fly line we recommend for salmon fishing the Methow River should be either an 9 or 10
weight, floating fly line. The fly line we recommend for steelhead fishing should be a 7 or 8  
weight, floating fly line. If you prefer to use a Spey rod, then the line should probably be a 9
weight line made for Spey fishing.
Fly Line Weight:
Adding weight to your fly line is dependant on the flow and depth of the pools you are
fishing. You can add a sink tip line or split shot.
Fly Rod:
The fly rod we recommend for salmon fishing should be an 9 or 10 weight, in a nine foot
length. It is probably best in a medium fast to fast action.
The fly rod we recommend for steelhead fishing is a 7 or 8 weight in a nine foot length. It is
probably best in a medium fast to fast action.
If you prefer to use a Spey Rod, then we suggest a 9 weight, 14 foot length rod. It should be
a medium to fast action rod.
Leader:
You want a stiff, hard leader material like our Perfect Fly leaders. The size should range
from a minimum of ten pound test up to twelve pound test. They should be nine to fifteen
feet long for a regular fly rod and from ten and a half to fifteen feet for two handed Spey
rods. If you use a sinking fly line, you would want them only about four to six feet long. We
have hand-tied Perfect Fly steelhead leaders.
Tippet:
You want to carry plenty of extra tippet material for ten to twelve pound test. It too should be
hard, stiff material that is abrasive resistance.
Waders:
Unless you want to fish from the banks in the few areas it is practical, then waders are
necessary.  We suggest them even if you fish from a drift boat.
Wading Boots:
The wading boots you use are very important. Both cleats and rubber/felt bottoms are used.
Landing Net:
A landing net is recommended. The main requirement is that the net should be very large.
The net area should be at least 15 inches wide by 20 inches long. The overall length is
usually around 32 inches.
Flies:
We have a complete line of flies for steelhead and salmon. We have selected them as the
most popular flies from thousands of patterns that have been developed over the years. We
have some of our own Perfect Fly steelhead and salmon patterns. They imitate the

hexigenia mayfly nymph,
 certain caddisfly nymphs, stonefly nymphs and fish roe or eggs
that are found in the river throughout the year. We also have a full line of popular wet flies,
egg flies, Spey flies that are very popular. We hope you will give our flies a try.

For Trout:
Fly Line:
We recommend either a 4 or 5 weight floating line for the trout. Some anglers may prefer to
use a 6 weight fly line for their nymphs and streamer fishing, but it wouldn't be absolutely
necessary.
Fly Rod:
We recommend a rod for the 4, 5 or 6 weight line that is nine feet in length in a medium fast
to fast action.
Fly Reel:
The reel for the four, five or six weight rod should have a decent drag. It should be smooth.
A disc drag that adjust in fine increments would be best.
Leaders:
You should use leaders from 71/2 foot to 12 foot in length for the Methow River. I suggest
having them in sizes ranging from 0X for streamers, up to 6X for small dry flies and midges,
in the various lengths.
Tippet:
You should have extra tippet in sizes ranging from 0X to 6X.
Waders:
Waders are necessary for the Methow River. We prefer the breathable type. You may want
neoprene waders during cold weather.
Wading Boots:
Much of the bottom in either gravel, sand or rock. You would not want cleats. Felt soles are
the best.
Landing Net:
A landing net is purely optional.
Trout Flies:
Perfect Flies have proven to be effective on the Methow River. We have many customers
who have used them for the rainbow and cutthroat trout. They closely imitate all the real
aquatic insects, crustaceans and terrestrials that are in the stream. We have specific
imitations of all the insects in all stages of life. If you haven't already tried them, we certainly
hope you will. We are confident you will find them highly effective.
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