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Fly Fishing Gear, Tackle and Trout Flies - Red Rock River Montana
We suggest a 5 weight fly line for most of the dry fly fishing on the Red Rock River. You could
get by in the headwaters with a smaller line size. You will probably want to use a 6 weight fly
line for streamers and large nymphs in the tailwater section..
You would want a fly rod to handle both of the above line sizes. The five weight fly rod should
be between eight and one half to nine feet in length. A medium action would be best in our
opinion. The 6 weight rod would be best in a nine foot length and a medium fast action. We
think a slightly stiffer tip makes a better nymph rod.
Both reels, the one for the five weight rod and the six weight rod, should have good disc drags.
The drag should be smooth and adjust to fine increments.
You should probably be using at least a 7 foot leader. There are a few situations where you
may want to go up to 12 feet, such as during the Trico hatch on the lower section or when you
are fishing midges. Shorter leaders may be preferred for streamers. We recommend you have
spare leaders in sizes ranging from 1X for streamers, up to 7X for small dry flies.
Spare tippet material should range in sizes ranging from 1X to 7X.
Waders are recommended. We always prefer the breathable type unless you are fishing in
extremely cold water. You may prefer neoprene waders for the cold water.
Felt soles would be our choice. The new rubber soles may work well. We haven't tried them
A wading staff would be strictly optional.
We recommend a landing net, but it isn't a requirement.
We always recommend our "Perfect Fly" Trout Flies. These flies are far more realistic and far
more effective that most flies are on the Red Rock River tailwater and the upper headwaters of
the Red Rock River. If you haven't already done so, please give them a try. We feel certain
you will be happy you did.
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