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Fly Fishing Gear, Tackle and Trout Flies for the South Branch
Potomac River In West Virginia
The fly fishing gear, tackle and trout flies you need for the North Fork of the South Branch
Potomac River.

Fly Line:
You could easily get by using a five weight floating fly line for all of the fishing in the South
Branch Potomac River. You may also want a 6 weight floating line to fish nymphs and
streamers.

Fly Rod:
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 fast to fast action
would be best for this one. The six weight rod should be nine feet in length in a fast action.
A stiffer tip rod works best for heavier nymphs and streamers.

Fly Reel:
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.

Leaders:
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. 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 2X for streamers up to
6X for midges and other small flies.

Tippet:
You should also have plenty of extra tippet in sizes ranging from 2X to 6X.

Waders:
Waders are necessary most anywhere you would fish the South Branch Potomac River. We
prefer the breathable type.

Wading Boots:
Felt soles would still be our choice.

Wading Staff:
The use of a wading staff would be an optional accessory. The stream is fairly easy to wade.

Landing Net:
A landing net would be purely optional.

Trout Flies:
We recommend our "Perfect Fly" trout flies. We have specific imitations of everything insect
that exist in and around the South Branch Potomac River that trout eat. 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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Options For Selecting Flies:
1. Email us (sales@perfectflystore.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 (sales@perfectflystore.com)
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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