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Fly Fishing Gear for the Snake River - Yellowstone National Park
You could easily get by using a five weight floating fly line for all of the fishing in the Snake
River except maybe for the large spawning brown trout that move into the river during the Fall.
You may want a 6 weight floating line to fish nymphs and streamers during that time.
You would want a fly rod to handle each of the two line sizes if you choose to use both. The
five weight rod would be ideal at a length of nine feet. We think a medium to medium fast action
would be best for this one. The six weight rod should be nine feet in length in a medium fast to
fast action. A stiffer tip rod works best for heavier nymphs and streamers.
The reels for the five and six weight lines should be light and have good drags. The drags
should be smooth and adjust to fine increments.
A nine foot leader length would probably be the best all around length. You may also want a
twelve foot length for fishing small dry flies in the smooth sections of water in the meadows and
lower end of the river in the park. The only other exception would be when you are fishing
streamers whereas you may want a short leader of 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 necessary most anywhere you would fish the Snake River. We prefer the
Felt soles would still be our choice. The new rubber soles may work okay. We haven't tested
them in the Snake River in the park yet.
The use of a wading staff would be an optional accessory. The stream is fairly easy to wade in
some sections and not so easy in other areas.
A landing net would be purely optional for the Snake River but would be suggested for the Fall
Brown trout run.
We recommend our "Perfect Fly" trout flies. We have specific imitations of everything insect
that exist in Soda Butte Creek. Many of our flies have been tested and proven to work in this
stream. If you haven't done so already, we hope you will give them an opportunity to work for
you. We feel confident that you will be glad you did.
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