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Rio Chama River New Mexico - Abiquiu Tailwater - Fly Fishing
Guide - Gear, Tackle and Flies
We recommend either a 5 or 6 weight fly line for the Rio Chama River Abiquiu Tailwater in
New Mexico. You should have floating and sinking tip fly lines of various weights.
We recommend either a 5 or 6 weight fly rod for the line sizes you choose to use. The 5 and
6 weight fly rods should in a medium to med-fast action and a 9 foot length.
The fly reel used should be for each of the 5 and 6 weight lines each should have a very
good drag. We prefer disc drags but there are other types that will work as well. It should be
Leaders should size 0X to 6X and be from 9 to 12 feet long.
You should have spare tippet in 0X and 6X. Some anglers prefer fluorocarbon but mono is
Waders are preferred for fly fishing the Rio Chama River - Abiquiu tailwater. We prefer the
breathable type. You may prefer neopreme waders for winter fishing.
Wading boots will be needed. Felt soles work best but you may want to consider the new
rubber soles. The bottom is slick.
A landing net would be preferred by most anglers but not absolutely necessary.
Perfect Flies are recommend because they are the best trout flies you can purchase. We
have specific imitations of every food that exist in the Rio Chama River. If you haven't
already tried Perfect Flies, we certainly hope you will give them a try. You will find they are
very effective on the wild brown trout in this stream.
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Recommended Tackle & Gear
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 Rod:
Perfect Fly Superb Five or Ultimate Six
For 5/6 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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