Copyright 2014 James Marsh
Fly Fishing Gear, Tackle and Trout Flies for the Saluda River
Tailwater South Carolina
You would probably want a 4 or 5 weight fly line for your dry fly fishing on the Saluda River
tailwater You could get by using a 5 weight floating fly line for everything. Many anglers that
fish heavy nymphs and streamers would want a 6 weight fly line.
Leaders should range in sizes from a 0X for streamers up to a 6X for midges and small dry
flies. Lengths ranging from seven and one-half feet, up to 12 feet in length are suggested.
Extra tippet material ranging from 0X to 6X should be available for the leaders we list above.
We recommend a fast action fly rod, nine feet in length for all three weights of fly lines.
The fly reels you use for the 4, 5 or 6 weight lines, if you choose to use them all, should be
light and have good drags. You are subject to hook a large trout in the Saluda River and
you don't want to loose it because of a lousy drag.
We recommend waders. There are few places you could fish without them. We prefer the
breathable type but you could use neoprene waders during the winter if you preferred.
We recommend felt soles for your wading boots. You may want to consider the new rubber
sole boots that help prevent the spread of Didymo but we have not tested them on this
A landing net is purely an optional item.
We recommend "Perfect Flies". We think they are the best trout flies you can purchase. Our
streamers have been used in the Saluda River tailwater by some of our South Carolina
customers and have proven very effective there. The holdovers can be selective and it's
best to use streamers, nymphs and dry flies that best match the naturals. If you haven't
already tried them, we certainly hope you will. If you prefer them, we also have a full line of
generic and attractor flies at very low prices for very high quality flies. .
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Recommended Tackle & Gear
4, 5 or 6 weight
Dry fly: 9 to 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 Supreme Four, Superb Five
or Ultimate Six
For 4/5/6 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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