Penobscot River Maine
Copyright 2013 James Marsh
Fly Fishing Gear, Tackle and Flies for the Penobscot River Maine
We recommend either a 4, 5 or 6 weight fly line for the trout in Penobscot River. You
mostly only need floating lines. You will want a sinking line and/or sinking tip lines for
streamer fishing. Line sizes for landlocked Atlantic salmon should range from 6 to 8 weight
We recommend either a 4, 5 or 6 weight fly rod for each line size you choose to use for
trout. The fly rods should in a med-fast to fast action and a 9 foot length. For salmon, a 6
to 8 weight fly rod in a medium fast to fast action and nine foot length.
The fly reels used should be for each of the different lines you use and each should have
a very good drag. We prefer disc drags but there are other types that will work as well. It
should be smooth.
Leaders for trout should size 0X to 6X and be from 71/2 to 12 feet long. You may want
some short leaders of 3 or 4 feet for streamers. Leaders for salmon should be 9 feet for
single handed rods up to 16 feet for Spey rods. They should range from 0 to 2X in size.
You should have spare tippet in 0X and 6X for trout and salmon.
Waders are necessary. We prefer the breathable type.
Felt bottom wading boots are recommended. We have not tested the new rubber soles on
A landing net is recommended but it's an optional item.
We recommend our own "Perfect Flies" because they are the most realistic and effective
imitations of the things trout eat that you can purchase. We suggest you have the flies
necessary to match the insects during the time you plan on fishing the Penobscot River. If
you haven't tried our flies yet, you should. Using them will increase your success as much
as anything you can do to improve your fly fishing success.
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Recommended Tackle & Gear
4, 5 or 6 weight for trout, 6 to 8 for
Dry fly: 9 &12 ft., 5 or 6X, Nymphing:
71/2 ft., 3 or 4X, Streamers 0-2X
Dry fly: 5 or 6X, Nymphing: 3 or 4X,
Streamer & Salmon 0-2X
Best Fly Rod:
Perfect Fly 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 weight rods
For 4 to 9 wt. fly line
Fly Floatants and Misc Items:
Loon Floatants, KISS Strike Indicators
Tools & Accessories:
Nippers, forceps, retractors, etc.
|Options For Selecting Flies:
1. Email us (email@example.com)
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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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