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Fly Fishing Gear for the Pleasant River Maine
The ideal all around fly line would probably be a 5 weight, floating fly line. You could get by
with just this one fly line size if you had to. You may want a 4 weight floating fly line. Some
anglers would prefer something heavier than the 5 weight for large nymphs and streamers.
A 6 weight fly line would deliver most of the streamers and heavy nymphs better than the 5
weight. You may also want to use a sinking tip line for the streamers.
You would want a fly rod to handle each of the above line sizes. The four, five and six
weight rods should be nine feet long in a medium fast to fast action. You want to be able to
cast in the afternoon wind that comes about most every day during the summer.
The reels for the 4, 5 and 6 weight lines should have good drags. The drags should be
smooth and adjust to fine increments.
You should be using at least a seven foot leader anywhere on the creek. A nine foot length
would probably be the best all around length. The only exception would be when you are
fishing streamers. If you fish the Trico and other hatches that require long leaders, you
may want to use a 12 foot leader. If you fish streamers, you may want a short leader or
only 3 or 4 feet.. Make sure you have leaders in sizes ranging from 0X for streamers, up to
6X for midges and other small flies.
You should also have plenty of extra tippet in sizes ranging from 0X to 6X.
Waders are preferred although there are places you can fish from the bank. We prefer the
Non felt sole boots are now required in Maine.
A landing net is purely 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 Pleasant River. We
also have generic and attractor flies at a very reasonable price if you prefer them.
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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 0-2X
Dry fly: 5 or 6X, Nymphing: 3 or 4X,
Best Fly Rods:
Perfect Fly Supreme Four, Superb Five or
For 4/5/6 fly line
Fly Floatants and Misc Items:
Floatants, KISS Strike Indicators
Tools & Accessories:
Nippers, forceps, retractors, etc.
|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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