Copyright 2014 James Marsh
Fly Fishing Gear, Tackle and Flies for the Root River, Wisconsin
Steelhead, salmon and lake-run brown trout fishing on the Root River each require
different fly fishing gear and tackle.
For steelhead fishing we recommend 8 or 9 weight floating, sinking-tip lines and shooting
heads of various densities. For rainbow trout will recommend either a 5 or 6 weight floating
For Root River Steelhead, you should use a 8 to 9 weight fly rod of a medium fast to fast
action. Single and two-handed fly rods work well, depending on your preferences. The
Salmon fly rod could be a 6, 7 or 8 weight fly rod, depending on the fly line your are using
and your personal preferences. The rods should be at least 9 foot in length in a medium to
medium fast action. The rainbow trout fly rods should be a 5 or 6 weight, in lengths 9 foot
and longer. Medium fast to fast actions work best in our opinion.
The fly reels will range from a 5 weight fly reel all the way up to a 9 weight, depending on
which species of fish you are after and the size of the fly line you are using. Whichever fly
reel size you are using should have a good drag. Disc drags are normally the best types
but there are others. Just don't skimp on the quality of your fly reel when it comes to
handling big fish.
The leaders for the steelhead should be in the 0X range. The length of the leader depends
on the particular fly you are using. We have several sizes of hand tied Perfect Fly
Most anglers prefer a 7 to 9 foot length. The trout leaders should 2X to 6X leaders in a 9
foot lengths. Leaders for Spey rods should be from 10 to 15 feet, depending on the rod
Tippet for the steelhead should be in the 0X size. The size depends greatly on the leader
size and particular fly you are using. I suggest you have spare tippet material ranging from
0X down to 6X.
Waders are recommended for the Root River.
Wading boots with either cleats, rubber or felt soles will work.
You should have a landing net and it should be large for the steelhead. An area of about
15 by 20 inches is preferred. The length should be around 30 inches.
We prefer our own "Perfect Flies" for steelhead and salmon and the lake run brown trout
on the Root River. Our flies are the most realistic imitations of aquatic insects and other
trout foods you can buy. If you haven't already tried them, we encourage you to do so.
You won't be disappointed.
We also have a large selection of steelhead flies some of which are our own fly patterns
and others are the standard or generic steelhead fly patterns. We have lots of customers
that use our steelhead flies on the Root River.
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